Press Releases



Ken Clarke’s BAT Role Makes Him Unfit for Leadership

Wednesday 31 August 2005 Ken Clarke today announced his candidacy for the Conservative party leadership. But public health pressure group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) claimed that his reputation was so badly tarnished by association with BAT, for which he is paid £170,000 per year as deputy chairman, that he had lost the right […]

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Hospitality Trade Warned of Legal Risk from Secondhand Smoke

Wednesday 24 August 2005 ASH Media Release   Embargo: 00:01hrs Wednesday 24th August 2005   Hospitality Trade Warned of Legal Risk from Secondhand Smoke   The hospitality trade faces an ever rising threat of legal action from employees whose health is damaged by secondhand smoke, Action on Smoking and Health warns today in a registered legal […]

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Overwhelming public support for comprehensive smokefree law: new poll reveals.

Monday 22 August 2005 ASH/Cancer Research UK Media Release   Embargo: 00:01hrs Monday 22nd August 2005   Overwhelming Public Support for Comprehensive Smokefree Law: New Poll Reveals   The public overwhelmingly backs a new law to end all smoking in the workplace, a new poll reveals today. The poll was conducted by polling firm BMRB […]

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MPs Back Comprehensive Smokefree Law, New Survey Reveals

Monday 15 August 2005 ASH/Cancer Research UK news release:   Embargo: 00:01hrs Monday 15th August 2005     MPs Back Comprehensive Smokefree Law, New Survey Reveals More than two thirds of MPs would back a law to make all workplaces and enclosed public places smokefree, without the Government’s suggested exemptions for pubs that do not […]

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Health and Safety Commission backs comprehensive smokefree law.

Monday 01 August 2005 ASH news release: For Immediate Use, Monday 1st August 2005   Health and Safety Commission Backs Comprehensive Smoking Law Powerful backing has been given by the Health and Safety Commission to the campaign for a law to end smoking in all workplaces and enclosed public places, it emerged today.   The […]

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EU-wide tobacco advertising ban jeopardised by threat of non-compliance by Formula One

Friday 29 July 2005 ASH news release: For immediate use The EU law banning tobacco advertising and sponsorship comes into effect from 1 August but its effectiveness is being threatened by possible non-compliance by at least two Formula One teams, currently sponsored by tobacco companies. Both the Renault team, sponsored by Japan Tobacco, and Ferrari, […]

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Government should back CMO’s call to tackle tobacco smuggling and make ALL workplaces smokefree

Tuesday 19 July 2005 ASH news release: For immediate release: Tuesday 19 July 2005   Government should back CMO’s call to tackle tobacco smuggling and make ALL workplaces smokefree   Smoking is once again a major feature of the Chief Medical Officer’s annual report, released today. The CMO notes that tobacco smuggling remains a major […]

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Too many councils failing smoking challenge.

Tuesday 05 July 2005 Media Release from ASH – Embargo: 09.30hrs – Tuesday 5th July 2005 The Smokefree Action coalition, consisting of many of Britain’s leading medical and public health organisations [1], today releases a major survey of smoking policies for every Council in England and Wales. Full details of the survey, and a summary of polices […]

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New cancer report shows why smokefree law MUST be comprehensive.

Tuesday 05 July 2005 Media Release from ASH – For Immediate Release: Tuesday 5th July 2005 There is an appalling north south divide in cancer rates and deaths according to a new report released today by the Office for National Statistics. [1] The report highlights distinct geographical patterns for several of the cancers strongly linked to […]

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Government consultation document ‘opens door’ to ending smoking in all workplaces

Monday 20 June 2005 ASH Media Release: Immediate Use, Monday 20th June 2005   Government Consultation Document “Opens Door” To Ending Smoking in All Workplaces   The Department of Health’s consultation document on smokefree legislation, published today (http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/11/37/20/04113720.pdf), opens the door to ending smoking in all public places and workplaces. And the document provides further […]

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ADVANCE MEDIA BRIEFING: Government Consultation on Smoking in Workplaces

Friday 17 June 2005 <spanstyle=’font-size:20.0pt;font-family:arial’>Health Improvement and ProtectionBill <spanstyle=’font-size:16.0pt;font-family:arial’>Smoking in Workplaces and EnclosedPublic Places ____________________________________________________________________________   THE GOVERNMENT’SCONSULTATION DOCUMENT ON THE BILL IS DUE TO BE PUBLISHED ON OR SHORTLY AFTERMONDAY 20th JUNE.   This brief gives detailsof what the consultation document is likely to propose in relation to smoking inworkplaces and enclosed public places […]

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ASH news release 31/05/2005 – McTear vs Imperial Tobacco

Tuesday 31 May 2005 ASH Scotland news release:  EMBARGO: Immediate   DATE: 31/05/05   McTear vs Imperial Tobacco: Decision Day for Historic Legal Case One of Scotland’s longest running legal sagas ended today (31st May 2005), with Lord Nimmo Smith delivering his verdict in the McTear vs Imperial Tobacco case at Edinburgh’s Court of Session.  In […]

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Victory over Smoking Bill in Queen’s Speech

Tuesday 17 May 2005 ASH Media Release: Immediate Use, Tuesday 17th May 2005 Public health campaigners have expressed delight at the inclusion of a Bill on smoking in workplaces and enclosed public places in today’s Queen’s Speech. But they have also announced that they will step up their campaign to get remaining exemptions for some […]

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Smokefree law expected in Queen’s speech

Friday 13 May 2005 ADVANCE NOTICE: Friday 13th May 2005 SMOKEFREE LAW EXPECTED IN QUEEN’S SPEECH   – ASH can supply contacts, statistics, advice and comment on smokefree legislation –   A Bill on public health, including smoking restrictions in workplaces and enclosed public places, is likely in the Queen’s Speech on Tuesday May 17th […]

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BMA survey shows need for government to drop pub exemption from smokefree law

Thursday 12 May 2005 MEDIA RELEASE: Immediate Use, Thursday 12th May 2005 BMA SURVEY SHOWS NEED FOR GOVERNMENT TO DROP PUB EXEMPTION FROM SMOKEFREE LAW   The survey released today by the British Medical Association has undermined the case for exempting pubs which do not serve prepared food from the Government’s proposed smokefree law.   […]

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