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Hard hitting ads show the reality of nicotine addiction.

Friday 29 December 2006 A new TV advertising campaign to be aired in the New Year will show smokers literally ‘hooked’ on tobacco. [1] The stark images of smokers being caught by giant fish hooks visually demonstrates the strength of nicotine addiction and shows how many people continue to smoke against their free will. Whilst […]

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Allen Carr’s letter to Tony Blair and ASH’s response.

Friday 15 December 2006 ASH news release:  For immediate release:  Friday 15th December 2006 ASH was saddened to hear of the criticism levelled at ASH, the Department of Health and other organisations involved in helping people to stop smoking, in an open letter to Tony Blair apparently written on the day he died [1].The late […]

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ASH news release 05/12/2006 – Varenicline: guidance for health professionals.

Tuesday 05 December 2006 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00.01 Tuesday 5th December  2006   Varenicline: Guidance for Health Professionals To coincide with the launch of the new stop smoking drug varenicline in the UK, ASH has issued detailed guidance for health professionals on the new therapy.[1]  The ASH guidance is intended to act as an […]

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England to go smokefree on 1 July 2007: truly a time for celebration.

Friday 01 December 2006 ASH news release:  Embargoed: 0.01  Friday 1 December 2006   England to go smokefree on 1 July 2007: truly a time for celebration ASH reacted with delight to the news today that the date for the implementation of England’s smokefree law has been set for 1 July 2007.   From 1 […]

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ECJ ruling on Internet sales – public health disaster averted.

Thursday 23 November 2006 ASH news release:  For immediate release: 23rd November 2006 Health campaigners breathed a collective sigh of relief today after the European Court of Justice ruled that anyone buying cigarettes over the Internet would still be required to pay tax at the rate set by the country of final destination. [1] So, […]

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DTI criticised for ‘lukewarm’ response on RIP cigarettes – has it been nobbled by tobacco industry

Thursday 16 November 2006 ASH news release:  For immediate release: Thursday 16th November 2006 Health campaigners have expressed concern and disappointment that the Department of Trade and Industry has failed to lend its full support to an EU proposal to set standards for RIP (“fire-safer”) cigarettes. [1]  The health groups are worried that the DTI […]

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RIP Coalition calls for new cigarette standard to cut fires.

Monday 13 November 2006 News Release:  Embargo: 00:01hrs Monday 13th November 2006 An estimated 1,300 lives could be saved in Europe each year[1] if reduced ignition propensity (RIP) cigarettes – also known as fire safer cigarettes – were manufactured and sold, instead of the current standard cigarettes. Figures for the UK show that fires started […]

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New Head of Policy for ASH.

Thursday 19 October 2006 ASH news release:  For immediate release: Thursday 19th October 2006   New Head of Policy for ASH   Martin Dockrell is to move to ASH as head of their successful campaigning function, the charity announced today. Dockrell comes with over 30 years’ experience in the voluntary sector including 20 years of […]

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Major Online Mapping Project Shows ‘Iron Chain’ Between Smoking and Deprivation

Monday 09 October 2006 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01hrs Monday 9th October 2006 A major new mapping project which shows smoking rates and deprivation in every ward in England has been published online by Action on Smoking and Health.  The project, intended for use by policy makers, health professionals and media, clearly shows the “iron […]

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ASH tells Government raising legal age for buying tobacco is not enough.

Monday 02 October 2006 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Monday 2nd October 2006   As the Government’s public consultation on raising the legal age for the purchase of tobacco draws to a close today, ASH is calling on the Government not just to raise the minimum purchase age to 18 but also to implement a […]

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All forms of tobacco use increase risk of heart attack, worldwide study finds.

Friday 18 August 2006 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Friday 18th August 2006   All forms of tobacco use increase risk of heart attack, worldwide study finds A major study across 52 countries has shown that using any form of tobacco increases the risk of heart attack by up to three times. [1] The study […]

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Bloomberg donates $125 million to worldwide tobacco control: ASH calls on UK Government to spell out its financial commitment to Tobacco Treaty implementation.

Wednesday 16 August 2006 ASH news release:  For immediate release:  Wednesday 16 August 2006   Bloomberg donates $125 million to worldwide tobacco control: ASH calls on UK Government to spell out its financial commitment to  Tobacco Treaty implementation Tobacco control advocates worldwide have welcomed the announcement that New York’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has committed US$125 […]

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Go Smokefree Early: New Advice Site Launched

Monday 24 July 2006 Media Release from ASH:  00.01hours Monday 24th July 2006 Campaigners are urging employers to “go smokefree early”. The move follows the Royal Assent for the Health Act 2006, which will make virtually all workplaces and enclosed public places smokefree from Summer 2007. The Smokefree Action Coalition, which includes many of Britain’s […]

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ASH Welcomes Smokefree Regulations

Monday 17 July 2006 Media Release:  For Immediate Use, Monday 17th July 2006     ASH WELCOMES SMOKEFREE REGULATIONS   Action on Smoking and Health(ASH) has given a “broad welcome” to the Government’s consultationdocument on proposed Regulations under the Health Bill. The Regulations willcontain much of the detail of how smokefree legislation will work in practice. […]

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ASH Welcomes Government Moves on Under Age Tobacco Sales: But Getting Adults to Quit Still the Most Important Step

Monday 03 July 2006 ASH news release:  For immediate release:  Monday 3rd July 2006   ASH Welcomes Government Moves on Under Age Tobacco Sales: But Getting Adults to Quit Still the Most Important Step Health campaigning charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has welcomed the Government’s decision to consult on raising the legal age […]

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