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Major new poll shows public support across UK for comprehensive smokefree law

Friday 30 December 2005 Media Release:  00.01hrs Friday 30th December 2005      Major New Poll Shows Public Support Across UK for Comprehensive Smokefree Law     A major new opinion poll which for the first time surveys the general public in all four countries of the United Kingdom reveals that each and every country […]

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New Years Resolutions

Wednesday 28 December 2005 Media Release:  For Immediate Use, Wednesday 28th December 2005   Stopping smoking is one of the top New Year’s resolutions. In anticipation, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has put together tips and key links to help people through this time.   New Years Day may sound like a good time […]

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Health Select Committee Strikes Decisive Blow for Smokefree Legislation

Monday 19 December 2005 Media Release: For Immediate Use, Monday 19th December 2005     Health Select Committee Strikes Decisive Blow for Smokefree Legislation     Action on Smoking and Health has warmly welcomed the welcomed the Health Select Committee’s report on smoking in public places. The Committee calls Government proposals to introduce a smoking […]

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Raising Smoking Age to 18 “Modestly Useful” – but no Substitute for Comprehensive Workplace Smoking Law

Thursday 08 December 2005 Media Release:  For Immediate Use, Thursday 8th December 2005        Raising Smoking Age to 18 “Modestly Useful” – but no Substitute for Comprehensive Workplace Smoking Law       The Government is to consult next year on a proposal to raise the legal age for buying tobacco in England […]

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MPs, Trade Bodies, Health Groups, Local Government Unite to Demand Comprehensive Smokefree Law

Friday 25 November 2005 Media Advisory: Friday 25th November 2005   MPs, Trade Bodies, Health Groups, Local Government Unite to Demand Comprehensive Smokefree Law   PRESS CONFERENCE   11a.m. Monday 28th November, JUBILEE ROOM, PALACE OF WESTMINSTER   Rt Hon Frank Dobson MP (Labour) Stephen Williams MP (Liberal Democrat) Rt Hon Sir George Young MP […]

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Government Publishes Smokefree Consultation Four out of Five Back Comprehensive Ban

Thursday 24 November 2005 Media Release: For Immediate Release, Thursday 24th November 2005   Government Publishes Smokefree Consultation Four out of Five Back Comprehensive Ban   The Government has now belatedly published the results of its public consultation on smokefree legislation. Despite a misleading press release on the issue, the analysis reveals that the overwhelming […]

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Smokefree Law Coming: But Pub Bodge Cannot Survive

Wednesday 26 October 2005   Media Release:  For Immediate Use, Wednesday 26th October 2005      Smokefree Law Coming: But Pub Bodge Cannot Survive   The Government has now announced that the Health Improvement and Protection Bill will include a smokefree law, ending exposure to secondhand smoke at work for about 10 million people across […]

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Great News for Northern Ireland as Smoking Stubbed Out in All Workplaces: Now for England

Monday 17 October 2005 Media Release:  For Immediate Use, Monday 17th October 2005      Great News for Northern Ireland as Smoking Stubbed Out in All Workplaces: Now for England   Action on Smoking and Health has given a warm welcome to the decision by Northern Ireland Health Minister Shaun Woodward that smoking will be […]

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Nicotine Replacement Should be Used to Help Smokers Cut Down as Well as Quit: New Guidance

Friday 14 October 2005 Media Release: For Immediate Use, Friday 14th October 2005   New guidance for health professionals dealing with smokers has been issued by tobacco control charity Action on Smoking and Health today. The guidance suggests that although smokers should always be advised that quitting completely is the healthiest option, they should also […]

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ASH Media Briefing: Health Improvement and Protection Bill Smoking in Workplaces and Enclosed Public Places

Monday 10 October 2005 ASH Media Briefing: For Immediate Use, Monday 10th October 2005 Health Improvement and Protection Bill Smoking in Workplaces and Enclosed Public Places _______________________________________________________________________ THE CABINET MAY DISCUSS THE FINAL FORM OF SMOKEFREE LEGISLATION AT ITS MEETING ON THURSDAY 13th OCTOBER. This brief summarises the latest evidence on the issue and gives […]

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WHO report shows that tobacco use is still a major preventable cause of most chronic diseases.

Wednesday 05 October 2005 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Wednesday 5th October 2005   WHO report shows that tobacco use is still a major preventable cause of most chronic diseases A major report by the World Health Organization [1] has revealed that, worldwide, chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and respiratory diseases, account for […]

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Pubs Bodge in Smokefree Law ‘Disastrous’ for Health Equality and Government Alcohol Strategy

Thursday 27 October 2005 Media Release:  For Immediate Use, Thursday 27th October 2005   Pubs Bodge in Smokefree Law “Disastrous” for Health Equality and Government Alcohol Strategy Survey evidence shows that the Government’s plan to exempt pubs that do not serve food from smoking restrictions will be disastrous for health equalities and will undermine attempts […]

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Smokefree legislation ‘Its about health and its about time’ – Labour Party Conference Fringe Meeting

Monday 26 September 2005 ASH Media Alert:  Embargo: 00:01 Monday 26th September 2005 Decisions are imminent on the legislation to restrict smoking in public places and workplaces as part of the forthcoming Health Improvement and Protection Bill. The Labour Party Conference Smokefree Legislation Fringe Meeting ‘Its about health and its about time’ will provide an […]

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Health inequalities set to worsen as many pubs would drop food for exemption from smokefree law.

Monday 05 September 2005 ASH/Cancer Research UK News Release:  Embargo: 00:01hrs Monday 5th September 2005     Health Inequalities Set to Worsen as Many Pubs Would Drop Food for Exemption from Smokefree Law Many pubs would stop serving food to get round the Government’s proposed smokefree law, according to the first national survey of publicans […]

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Smoking can cost an arm and a leg as well as raising the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke.

Wednesday 31 August 2005 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Wednesday 31 August 2005   Smoking can cost an arm and a leg as well as raising the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke.   A new report published today by the health campaigning group ASH,  reveals the devastating health consequences of a […]

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