Press Releases



Welcome to Norway: the only thing we smoke here is salmon

Friday 28 May 2004 ASH Media Briefing: Friday 28th May 2004 ”Welcome to Norway. The only thing we smoke here is salmon“. Posters with this message have been issued by the Norwegian Ministry of Health. Next Tuesday (June 1st) sees the start of a complete ban in Norway on smoking in public places, including bars, […]

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Secondhand smoke major workplace killer: new evidence

Monday 17 May 2004 Media Release from ASH – Embargo: 00.01hrs Monday 17th May 2004   Exposure to secondhand smoke is a major workplace killer, new evidence reveals today. Professor Konrad Jamrozik of Imperial College in London, will present the figures at a conference of the Royal College of Physicians, ‘Environmental Tobacco Smoke and the Hospitality […]

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Lords debate smokefree workplace bill

Friday 23 April 2004 Media Release from ASH FOR IMMEDIATE USE: Wednesday 21st April 2004 LORDS DEBATE SMOKEFREE WORKPLACE BILL   A new Bill to stop smoking in the workplace and enclosed public places will have a Second Reading debate in the Lords this Friday (23rd April). The Tobacco (Public Places and Workplaces) Bill will […]

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BAT’s Big Wheeze – major new report into BAT

Wednesday 21 April 2004 Media Release   Embargo: 00:01hrs Wednesday 21st April 2004 MPs ATTEND BAT AGM As FOE, Christian Aid, ASH Launch Alternative Report   Norman Baker MP (Lib Dem) and David Taylor MP (Labour and Chair of the All-Party Group on Smoking and Health) will be attending the BAT AGM today, with campaigners […]

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Secondhand smoke legal action moves another step closer

Monday 19 April 2004 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01hrs Monday 19th April 2004   Secondhand Smoke at Work Legal Action Moves Another Step Closer Legal actions for compensation over secondhand smoke in the workplace came another step closer today, after the hospitality trade was accused of a “stubborn failure to act” over previous warnings of […]

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Pub trade unity against no-smoking law cracks.

Wednesday 07 April 2004 ASH News Release:   For immediate release:   Wednesday 7th April 2004   PUB TRADE UNITY AGAINST NO-SMOKING LAW CRACKS   The British pub trade’s united front against ending smoking in the workplace (including pubs and restaurants) cracked today, as Wetherspoons’ founder Tim Martin came out in favour of national legislation […]

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Out to BAT

Friday 26 March 2004 ASH news release:    Friday 26th March 2004   Out to BAT Responding to news that the Department of Trade and Industry is to take no further action against British American Tobacco over its role in global tobacco smuggling Deborah Arnott, Director of the health campaigning charity ASH, said:   “If we […]

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Tackling smoking key to progress on cutting cancer deaths.

Friday 19 March 2004 ASH news release: Embargo: 00:01 Friday 19th March 2004   Tackling Smoking Key to Progress on Cutting Cancer Deaths Commenting on the National Audit Office report on cancer published today [1], tobacco control pressure group ASH warned that tackling smoking must remain key to continuing progress on cutting cancer deaths.   The […]

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Fall in smoking is a step in the right direction but more needs to be done to bring smoking rates down further.

Thursday 18 March 2004 ASH news release: For immediate release:   Thursday 18th March 2004   Fall in smoking is a step in the right direction but more needs to be done to bring smoking rates down further. The slight fall in smoking announced today by National Statistics is encouraging but shows that tougher measures are […]

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Chancellor’s failure to raise tobacco tax above inflation rate is a missed opportunity to cut the death toll from smoking.

Wednesday 17 March 2004 ASH news release: For immediate release: Wednesday 17 March 2004   Chancellor’s failure to raise tobacco tax above inflation rate is a missed opportunity to cut the death toll from smoking   Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement of an inflation-only increase on tobacco tax of just 8p per pack of 20 […]

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Budget 2004: What it will say and what it should say

Thursday 11 March 2004 TAX 1)      The price of cigarettes should increase by more than the growth in incomes, so that tobacco becomes less affordable and consumption falls. 2)      In particular: ·         Tax on cigarettes should be raised by 3% above inflation. ·         Increases should be on the specific tax element so that the price […]

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New anti-smoking Bill for Lords

Tuesday 09 March 2004 ASH MEDIA RELEASE: Tuesday 9th March 2004   For Immediate Release   NEW ANTI-SMOKING BILL FOR LORDS Challenge to hospitality industry as Culture Secretary’s 1994 Bill is reintroduced A new private member’s Bill to restrict smoking in public places is being introduced in the House of Lords on No Smoking Day […]

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Fire-safe cigarettes could have prevented Coronation Street tragedy

Friday 05 March 2004 ASH news release: For immediate release: Friday 5th March 2004 In a dramatic scene to be screened on Monday night’s episode of Coronation Street, a fire caused by a dropped cigarette leads to the destruction of a factory and leaves the lives of two of the soap’s stars hanging by a […]

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Cutting smoking top priority for public health

Wednesday 03 March 2004 Cutting smoking top priority for Public Health ASH news release: Embargo: 00:01 Friday 19th March 2004 Tobacco control pressure group Action on Smoking and Health has welcomed the Government’s major consultation exercise on public health. But it has warned that “radical action” to cut smoking is essential if public health targets […]

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Wanless Report gives powerful backing to case for smokefree law

Wednesday 25 February 2004 ASH MEDIA RELEASE: Wednesday 25th February 2004   For Immediate Release   WANLESS REPORT GIVES POWERFUL BACKING TO CASE FOR SMOKEFREE LAW Today’s report on public health from Derek Wanless provides “powerful backing” to the case for a new law ending smoking in the workplace, according to tobacco control pressure group […]

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