Press Releases



Advocate General dismisses German challenge to tobacco ad ban: now there is no excuse for law not to be fully implemented across Europe.

Tuesday 13 June 2006 ASH news release:  For immediate release:  Tuesday 13 th June 2006   Advocate General dismisses Germany’s challenge to EU tobacco ad ban: now there’s no excuse for law not be fully implemented across Europe   The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has issued an Opinion today arguing that […]

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UK Government warned: Do not miss chance to cut cigarette fires.

Wednesday 07 June 2006 ASH news release: Embargo: 00:01hrs Wednesday 7th June 2006 Tobacco control and safety campaigners are demanding that the UK Government supports European action to force tobacco manufacturers to produce fire-safer (“Reduced Ignition Propensity”) cigarettes. RIP cigarettes could save dozens of lives every year. In 2004, 114 deaths and 1,260 serious injuries […]

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Lords economic report is grossly misleading on secondhand smoke risk.

Wednesday 07 June 2006 ASH news release: Wednesday 7th June 2006 A report published today by the Lords Economic Committee on threats to personal liberty and the management of risk includes grossly misleading statements about the health risks of secondhand smoke. [1]  The authors imply that the risks to health from breathing other people’s tobacco […]

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Picture warnings: A missed opportunity?

Saturday 27 May 2006 ASH news release: Saturday 27 May 2006 The Government proposal to include graphic images of the health consequences of smoking on tobacco packaging is a welcome development and should help drive home the message about the hazards of smoking, said tobacco control group ASH. However, ASH warned that the impact is […]

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British American Tobacco AGM 2006 Celebrating Exporting Misery to the Poor

Thursday 27 April 2006 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01hrs Thursday 27th April 2006 Britain’s largest tobacco firm, British American Tobacco, holds its AGM today, as Action on Smoking and Health publishes a new paper accusing the company of systematic exploitation and abuse in the developing world. Using Kenya as a case study (BAT is by […]

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Half the workforce still exposed to smoke. New figures show workplace health divide.

Monday 24 April 2006 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01hrs Monday 24th April 2006   The need for new legislation to end all smoking at work to reduce health inequalities has been shown again today by new figures on workplace exposure to smoking released by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). The figures show that in […]

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Can’t get it up? Forget Viagra and quit smoking instead!

Thursday 23 March 2006 ASH news release: Embargo: 00:01 Thursday 23 March 2006 Men who smoke a pack or more of cigarettes daily are nearly 40 per cent more likely to be impotent than non-smokers, new research published today has shown. Even smoking fewer than 20 a day can affect a man’s sex life [1]. […]

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Budget 2006 and smoking: Bad news for public health?

Wednesday 22 March 2006 ASH Media Release:  Wednesday 22nd March 2006   Budget 2006 and Smoking: Bad News for Public Health?   The Chancellor raised the tax on cigarettes only in line with inflation – stating that this will mean a rise of 9p a packet for an average pack of 20 cigarettes.   This […]

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Budget 2006 and Smoking: What it Will Say and What it Should Say

Monday 20 March 2006 ASH Media Briefing: Monday 20th March 2006   Budget 2006 and Smoking: What it Will Say and What it Should Say   ASH experts are available for comment before and after the Budget statement. Contact: Deborah Arnott: 020 7739 5902 and 07976 935987 (m) Ian Willmore: 020 7739 5902 and 07887 […]

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Smoking ban will boost smokers’ resolve to quit. Don’t wait for the ban – do it now!

Tuesday 07 March 2006 ASH news release: For immediate release: 00:01 Tuesday 7th March 2006 On the eve of the annual No Smoking Day, ASH is urging smokers who want to stop to have a go at quitting, even if they hadn’t planned to do so.  Recent research suggests that many smokers give up spontaneously […]

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SMOKEFREE WINS THE DAY: GREATEST PUBLIC HEALTH GAIN FOR THIRTY YEARS

Wednesday 15 February 2006 ASH News Release: Immediate Release Tuesday 14th February 2006   SMOKEFREE WINS THE DAY: GREATEST PUBLIC HEALTH GAIN FOR THIRTY YEARS Action on Smoking and Health has expressed “delight” that MPs have voted in favour of comprehensive smokefree legislation covering all workplaces, including pubs and clubs.   At present, more than […]

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Health Bill Commons Report Stage Tuesday 14th February 2006 Smoking in Workplaces and Enclosed Public Places

Friday 10 February 2006 Advance Media Briefing   Health Bill Commons Report Stage Tuesday 14th February 2006 Smoking in Workplaces and Enclosed Public Places   ASH will be available for analysis and comment before and after the Commons Debate.   ASH Director Deborah Arnott will be present in the Commons on Tuesday 14th February and […]

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BAT deception kept smokers hooked on harmful cigarettes.

Wednesday 08 February 2006 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Wednesday 8th February 2006   BAT deception kept smokers hooked on harmful cigarettes Tobacco industry documents published today show that BAT designed cigarettes that would deceive smokers into thinking they were safer than regular brands. [1] Researchers have analysed internal documents from British American Tobacco (BAT) […]

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New poll shows public back Health Select Committee amendment on smokefree law.

Tuesday 31 January 2006 Media Release:  00.01hrs Tuesday 31st January 2006      New Poll Shows Public Back Health Select Committee Amendment on Smokefree Law     A new opinion poll published today shows that the majority of the public in England back the House of Commons Select Committee in its call for comprehensive smokefree […]

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ASH welcomes smoking free vote

Wednesday 11 January 2006 Media Release:  For Immediate Use, Wednesday 11th January 2006   Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has warmly welcomed the news that the Government is to give all Labour MPs – including Ministers – a free vote on the issue of comprehensive smokefree legislation. An amendment to remove the proposed exemptions […]

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