Press Releases



Irish Visit Convinces All Party Group on Need for Smoke-free Law

Friday 08 October 2004 ASH News Release:  For immediate release,  Friday 8th October 2004 After a factfinding trip to look at the effects of Ireland’s new smokefree workplaces law, the All- Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health has unanimously called on the UK Government to include smokefree legislation in the White Paper on Public […]

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MPs on quest to discover secrets of success of Ireland’s smokefree law

Monday 04 October 2004 ASH news release:  For immediate release:   Monday 4th October 2004   UK politicians are travelling to Dublin this week to see for themselves how the smoke-free legislation is working and to see what lessons can be applied to the UK. In advance of the White Paper on Public Health – due […]

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Pub Trade Splits on Smoking Ban

Thursday 09 September 2004 Media Release from ASH – Immediate Use: Thursday 9th September  2004 The British pub trade has split dramatically over the prospect of a new law ending smoking in the workplace – including hospitality venues. Five of the biggest pub companies, controlling about 22,000 out of 55,000 outlets in Britain, have abandoned  the […]

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EU ruling on smokeless tobacco shows need for independent tobacco regulation

Tuesday 07 September 2004 Media Release from ASH Immediate Use: Tuesday 7th September  2004 EU ruling on smokeless tobacco shows need for independent tobacco regulation     The European law which currently makes a certain type of smokeless tobacco illegal, is likely to be upheld, according to an official opinion issued today by the EU’s […]

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Smoke Freedom Toolkit Published: Also Key Figures on Workplace Exposure

Friday 03 September 2004 ASH news release:  Embargo 00.01hrs:  Friday 3rd September 2004 Two Million People Still Routinely Exposed to Tobacco Smoke at Work ASH/CIEH Publish New Guide for Local Councils to End Smoking in Workplaces and Public Places The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and ASH are calling on local authorities to take […]

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Chief Medical Officer gives powerful new evidence on ending workplace smoking

Wednesday 28 July 2004 ASH news release:  Immediate Use, Wednesday 28th July 2004   CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER GIVES POWERFUL NEW EVIDENCE ON ENDING WORKPLACE SMOKING The Government’s Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, has published powerful new evidence on the case for smokefree workplaces. His Annual Report for 2004 reviews the economic effects of smokefree […]

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Marlboro Man does billion dollar deal on smuggling with Europe – ASH demands to know why UK is not included?

Friday 09 July 2004 ASH news release:  9th July 2004 Today Philip Morris International, the world’s biggest tobacco manufacturer, announced that it will pay the European Commission a billion dollars in a landmark deal on tobacco smuggling. The agreement sets out how the company will control future smuggling of its cigarettes.  In the past tobacco industry […]

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Hooking them young in Asia: the real reason for BAT’s involvement in F1

Friday 09 July 2004 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Friday 9th July 2004 New research released today reveals that BAT’s motives for getting involved in Formula One Motor racing had more to do with promoting its cigarettes to young people in developing countries than its professed interest in becoming a leader in motor racing. [1] […]

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New study shows secondhand smoke heart risk twice previous estimates

Wednesday 30 June 2004 ASH MEDIA RELEASE: Embargo – 00.01hrs Wednesday 30th June 2004   NEW STUDY SHOWS SECONDHAND SMOKE HEART RISK TWICE PREVIOUS ESTIMATES   New research suggests that exposure to secondhand smoke can increase the risk of contracting coronary heart disease (CHD) by 50% to 60% – twice previous estimates. The difference may […]

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No health gain for smokers over 50 years

Tuesday 22 June 2004 ASH MEDIA RELEASE: Embargo – 10.30hrs Tuesday 22nd June 2004   DOCTORS’ STUDY SHOWS NO HEALTH GAIN FOR SMOKERS OVER FIFTY YEARS   The British Medical Journal today publishes the latest results from the famous “doctors’ study”, that has tracked the smoking habits and mortality rates of almost 35,000 doctors from […]

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Overwhelming backing for workplace smoking law

Friday 11 June 2004 ASH MEDIA RELEASE: Friday 11th June 2004 Major MORI Survey Shows Demand for End to Secondhand Smoke at Work The most authoritative survey yet published about public attitudes on secondhand smoke shows overwhelming public support for a new law to end all smoking in the workplace – like those recently introduced in […]

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Doctors, Unions, ASH tell Reid: It is time to act on secondhand smoke

Friday 11 June 2004 ASH News Release – Immediate Use: Friday 11 June 2004 An unprecedented alliance of doctors, trade unions, local Government environmental health officers and tobacco control lobbyists has come together to demand urgent Government action on secondhand smoke in the workplace. The alliance shows that secondhand smoke and its effect on public […]

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Smoking: A pleasure or a killer? Smoking and social class

Wednesday 09 June 2004 Media Briefing from ASH Immediate Use: Wednesday 9 June 2004 SMOKING: A “PLEASURE” OR A KILLER? Smoking and Social Class   1.   Health Secretary John Reid has described smoking as “one of the few pleasures left for the poor on sink estates and in working men’s clubs”. According to the Guardian, he […]

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Will Europe lift ban on Oral Snuff?

Friday 04 June 2004 ASH MEDIA BRIEFING:  Friday 3rd June 2004 European Court of Justice Hearing on June 8th Oral snuff, a form of smokeless tobacco, has been banned in all EU countries except Sweden since 1992. Swedish Match has challenged the ban and the case comes to court on June 8th.[1] The ban[2] was […]

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World No Tobacco Day – ASH urges FCTC ratification

Monday 31 May 2004 ASH news release:  Embargo: Immediate   World No Tobacco Day (31 May 2004) – Tobacco and poverty ASH urges FCTC ratification     The 192 member states of the World Health Organisation (WHO) today (31 May 2004) mark the 17th annual ‘World No Tobacco Day’,[1] highlighting the link between tobacco use […]

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