Press Releases



Wales: Assembly Calls for Powers to End Workplace Smoking

Tuesday 10 May 2005 MEDIA RELEASE: Immediate Use, Tuesday 10th May 2005   Wales: Assembly Calls for Powers to End Workplace Smoking   The National Assembly for Wales has given a major boost to the campaign for smokefree workplaces and public places today, with the publication of the report by its Committee on Smoking in […]

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Italy: New Far Right Health Minister Moves Against Smoking Restrictions

Friday 29 April 2005   MEDIA ADVISORY: Friday 29th April 2005 Italy: New Far Right Health Minister Moves Against Smoking Restrictions   The tobacco industry and its front groups have responded with enthusiasm to news that Italy’s new health minister wants more public smoking areas, recently sharply reduced under new legislation, and has slammed what […]

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Election 2005: Parties disagree over smokefree law

Thursday 21 April 2005   MEDIA RELEASE: For Immediate Use, Thursday 21st April 2005 ELECTION 2005: PARTIES DISAGREE OVER SMOKEFREE LAW In the Election campaign, significant differences have emerged between the Parties over the issue of legislation on smokefree workplaces Tobacco control experts agree ending smoking in all workplaces and enclosed public places would be the […]

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BAT in its own words: Tobacco company papers show truth behind greenwash

Thursday 28 April 2005 MEDIA RELEASE: 00.01hrs Thursday 28th April 2005 PHOTO OPPORTUNITY 10.30am Thursday 28th April, Mermaid Theatre, Puddle Dock, Blackfriars, London EC4V 3DB BAT glamour girls and boys will be distributing cigarette cards to shareholders outside the BAT AGM highlighting questions over the company’s ethical behaviour. They will be wearing T-shirts which say ‘Can […]

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Guernsey to go smoke-free: when will the rest of the UK follow suit?

Wednesday 30 March 2005 ASH news release:  For immediate release:  Wednesday 30th March 2005   Guernsey to go smoke-free: when will the rest of the UK follow suit? Guernsey has become the first jurisdiction within the United Kingdom to enact comprehensive legislation to ban smoking in public places and workplaces. Guernsey’s government voted today to […]

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One Year After Ireland’s Smokefree Law: A Story of Success. Now British Public Demands Action

Tuesday 29 March 2005 ASH news release: Tuesday 29th March 2005 Ireland’s smokefree law is one year old today (Tuesday 29th March). The law has been a major health success, is widely observed without much enforcement being needed, and has overwhelming public support. Meanwhile, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has revealed that public support […]

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Health Organisations back important bid for Smokefree Wales

Friday 18 March 2005 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01  Friday 18th March 2005   Health Organisations back important bid for Smokefree Wales A Private Members Bill on smoking in workplaces and public places in Wales will get its Second Reading debate on Friday March 18th 2005. The Bill, presented by Julie Morgan MP (Labour, Cardiff […]

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Budget response: Tax rise welcomed but more action needed to tackle smuggling.

Wednesday 16 March 2005 ASH news release: For immediate release: Wednesday 16th March 2005 The modest cigarette tax rise announced in today’s Budget will help to ensure cigarettes do not become more affordable but more urgent action is needed to tackle tobacco smuggling, said ASH in response to today’s Budget announcement.   The Chancellor promised some […]

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Budget 2005: Tobacco tax and smuggling

Friday 11 March 2005 ASH Media Briefing:Friday 11th March 2005 ASH and 13 other public health bodies, including the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and the Royal College of Physicians, call on the Government to raise tobacco taxes at least in line with inflation in their 2005 Budget submission. [1] The Government’s policy of […]

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Public Health White Paper Delivery Plan - a step in the right direction

Wednesday 09 March 2005 ASH news release:  09:30 Wednesday 9th March 2005   Public Health White Paper Delivery Plan – a step in the right direction   Deborah Arnott, Director of the health campaigning charity ASH, said:    “The Delivery Plan on the White Paper is another important step to a smokefree law covering workplaces […]

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Tobacco group talks nonsense on secondhand smoke

Tuesday 08 March 2005 Media Release from ASH Embargo: 11.00hrs Tuesday 8th March 2005    TOBACCO FUNDED GROUP TALKS NONSENSE ON SECONDHAND SMOKE   Public health charity Action on Smoking and Health today attacked the tobacco industry front group FOREST for “blowing a dense cloud of poisonous smoke” over the issue of passive smoking.   […]

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Major new study shows secondhand smoke leading workplace killer

Wednesday 02 March 2005 Media Release from ASH Embargo: 10.00hrs Wednesday 2nd March 2005    MAJOR NEW STUDY SHOWS SECONDHAND SMOKE LEADING WORKPLACE KILLER   Exposure to secondhand smoke is a major workplace killer, a major new study published in the British Medical Journal reveals today [1].   Professor Konrad Jamrozik of the University of […]

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Global Tobacco Treaty to take effect on 27th February.

Thursday 24 February 2005 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Thursday 24 February  2005   Global Tobacco Treaty to take effect on 27th February   On Sunday 27th February, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the international tobacco treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization, will become international law.  More than […]

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Letter Campaign to Support Bid for Smokefree Wales

Monday 21 February 2005 ASH news release: Embargo: Monday 21st February 2005 Tobacco control pressure group ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) is to launch an online letter campaign urging MPs to support the Smoking in Public Places (Wales) Bill, which gets its Second Reading on March 18th. The letter asks people to write to their […]

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Wetherspoon lead shows Government is lagging behind the demand for smokefree pubs.

Monday 24 January 2005 ASH news release:  For immediate release:  Monday 24th January 2005     Wetherspoon’s lead shows Government is lagging behind the demand for smoke-free pubs The pub chain JD Wetherspoon has announced that it is to bring forward a total ban on smoking in its pubs, two years ahead of the Government’s […]

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