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Wales: Smoking Bill to be introduced in Commons

Friday 17 December 2004 MEDIA RELEASE: For Immediate Use, Tuesday 21st December 2004 A Bill to give the National Assembly for Wales the power to end smoking in all workplaces and enclosed public places is to be moved by Julie Morgan MP (Labour, Cardiff North), after she took fourth place in the latest Private Members’ […]

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UK ratifies global tobacco treaty: now is the time for a long term strategy to cut tobacco use

Thursday 16 December 2004 ASH news release: For immediate release:Thursday 16th December 2004 Today the UK has joined the growing list of countries that have now formally ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control – the first global health treaty which commits governments to enact strict tobacco control measures. [1]  The FCTC will come into […]

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Smokefree law unlikely to hurt businesses in New Zealand.

Thursday 09 December 2004 ASH news release: For immediate release: 9th December 2004   Smokefree law unlikely to hurt business in New Zealand   On Friday 10th December, New Zealand will become the third country (after Ireland and Norway) to ban smoking in all workplaces and public places. An amendment to the Smoke-free Environments Act […]

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ASH applauds 40th ratification of global treaty and calls for immediate ratification by the UK Government.

Wednesday 01 December 2004 ASH news release: For immediate release Peru has become the fortieth country to ratify the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the international tobacco treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organisation. [1] Now that 40 countries have ratified it, this groundbreaking treaty is set to become international law […]

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White Paper Smoking Plans: Big step forwards for public health. But Pubs “Bodge” Just Wont Work

Tuesday 16 November 2004   ASH News Release:  For Immediate Use – Tuesday 16th November Plans for smoking restrictions in workplaces and enclosed public places in today’s public health White Paper will be a big step forwards for public health, Action on Smoking and Health said today. But the Government’s attempt to exempt some pubs […]

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“Voluntary” pubs smoking scheme useless public health campaigners warn

Monday 15 November 2004 ASH News Release:  For Immediate Use – Monday 15th November   “VOLUNTARY” PUBS SMOKING SCHEME USELESS PUBLIC HEALTH CAMPAIGNERS WARN   Media stories this weekend, quoting sources close to Health Secretary John Reid, have suggested that the Public Health White Paper, due to be published tomorrow (Tuesday) will allow pubs to […]

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Smoking deaths highlight health inequalities.

Friday 12 November 2004 ASH news release: Embargo: 00:01 Friday 12th November 2004 More than 1600 people in England die every week from illnesses caused by smoking, a major new report by the Health Development Agency has revealed.  The report  – “The Smoking Epidemic in England” – provides an estimate of the smoking-attributable deaths for each […]

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Health lobby calls on UK Government to follow Scottish smokefree lead

Thursday 11 November 2004 ASH news release:  immediate release: Thursday 11th November 2004    Health lobby calls on UK Government to follow Scottish smokefree lead   In a letter in today’s Financial Times,  doctors, health charities and local government environmental health lobbyists call on the Government to act to ensure all UK workers will have […]

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Scottish Executive announcement on smokefree public places

Wednesday 10 November 2004 ASH news release:  For immediate release  Wednesday 10th November 2004   Scottish Executive announcement on smokefree public places   Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell is today expected to announce that the Scottish Executive will bring forward a new law to end smoking in all Scottish workplaces and enclosed public places. This […]

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Smoke and Mirrors: How Philip Morris concealed the truth about secondhand smoke

Wednesday 10 November 2004 ASH news release: Embargo: 00:01 Thursday 11th November 2004 More damning evidence released today reveals how the world’s biggest tobacco company set up a special research unit to investigate the health impact of active and passive smoking but concealed the findings.[1] The documents also show how the disgraced Swedish professor Ragnar Rylander […]

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Humiliating defeat for tobacco industry: High Court rules that ad restrictions at point of sale are lawful.

Friday 05 November 2004 ASH news release:  For immediate release:  Friday 5th November 2004     Humiliating defeat for tobacco industry: High Court rules that ad restrictions at point of sale are lawful   The High Court has ruled today in favour of the Department of Health on the tobacco advertising point of sale regulations […]

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Media Briefing: Secondhand smoke, Public Health White Paper

Wednesday 03 November 2004 “The right of the individual to choose their own lifestyle must be balanced against any adverse impacts those choices have on the quality of life of others”. The Wanless Report on Public Health ‘Securing Good Health for the Whole Population’. “There is something else we have learnt during Government. The biggest […]

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No ‘British Bodge’ on secondhand smoke: Reid warned.

Monday 25 October 2004 ASH MEDIA RELEASE: For Immediate Use – Monday 25th October 2004 Health Secretary John Reid has been warned by health campaigners not to try a “British bodge” on workplace smoking restrictions. The warning comes after Reid was reported to be resisting pressure from No10 for legislation ending smoking in the workplace, […]

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All Party Group of Politicians urges Health Secretary to adopt Irish Smokefree model

Wednesday 20 October 2004 ASH News Release: For immediate release, Wednesday 20th October 2004 Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health are today calling on the Health Secretary John Reid to include smokefree legislation in the forthcoming White Paper on Public Health. A cross-party delegation [1] from the All-Party Group recently visited […]

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Leaked Government report shows extent of health damage from secondhand smoke

Monday 18 October 2004 ASH news release: Immediate Use, Monday 18th October 2004 A confidential report to Government by Britain’s top medical scientists, revealed in today’s Evening Standard, shows the extent of the health damage caused by breathing in other people’s cigarette smoke. The Scientific Committee on Tobacco and Health (SCOTH: see http://www.advisorybodies.doh.gov.uk/scoth/members.htm for membership) […]

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