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Babies exposed to secondhand smoke have higher risk of developing allergies.

Monday 17 December 2007 New research released today has found that babies exposed to secondhand smoke are almost twice as likely to develop allergies to inhaled allergens such as animal hair as infants who are not exposed to tobacco smoke. Children whose parents smoke are almost 50% more likely to be allergic to certain foods. […]

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JTI Agreement with the EU – UK left out in the cold.

Friday 14 December 2007 Today Japan Tobacco International signed up to an anti-smuggling Agreement with 26 of the 27 EU Member States. [1] The UK is the only Member State left out of the Agreement, which leaves it completely isolated from the rest of Europe. This means that the UK will not benefit from measures […]

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Four key public health organisations unite to tackle health inequalities.

Monday 03 December 2007 Four leading public health organisations are urging local planners to target smoking as a way of tackling health inequalities. Smoking prevalence is a key indicator not just for smoking-related diseases but also for health inequalities, since smoking is responsible for over half the difference in mortality rates across the social classes.[1] […]

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ASH welcomes new Cancer Plan’s commitment to tackle smoking.

Monday 03 December 2007 ASH today welcomed the Government’s ongoing commitment to tackling smoking as crucial to prevention in its new Cancer Plan. ASH is very pleased that Dr Mike Richards, the National Cancer Director has placed so much emphasis on the importance of prevention as a means of reducing deaths from cancer. Smoking accounts […]

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ASH Political Bulletin: Issue 8

Wednesday 14 November 2007 The latest edition of your Action on Smoking and Health Political Bulletin, featuring news on campaigns and issues relevant to our work can be downloaded as a pdf here. The British Heart Foundation is leading a campaign for change and urging MPs to sponsor a Private Members Bill to prohibit the […]

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Landlord smoke campaign is silly, pointless and misguided?

Monday 05 November 2007 A publican who persistently broke the law that protects the public from secondhand smoke will have to pay a fine and the cost of his prosecution at Blackpool Magistrate’s Court. The judge described the campaign by Hugh Howitt as “silly pointless and misguided”. Martin Dockrell, Policy and Campaigns Manager at Action […]

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UK tops the latest EU tobacco control league table.

Thursday 11 October 2007 The United Kingdom has the most comprehensive tobacco control measures in the whole of Europe, according to a new survey released today. [1] The research, conducted by a group of experts in tobacco control, found that the UK scored 93 points (out of a possible 100). A similar survey conducted in […]

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Campaigners call on Euro MPs to reduce fire death toll

Wednesday 10 October 2007 Health campaigners are calling for the introduction of fire safer cigarettes after a house fire tragically killed two newly weds. On the 7th October the couple in South Tyneside lost their lives in a house fire. Fire investigation officers believe the blaze was started by a discarded cigarette left in the […]

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ASH endorses RCP call for a tobacco harm reduction strategy.

Wednesday 03 October 2007 ASH is today calling on the Government to develop a harm reduction strategy for tobacco. ASH endorses the key findings of a report published today by the Royal College of Physicians. [1] The report notes that despite a steady decline in overall smoking rates, the most disadvantaged smokers, who tend to be […]

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ASH welcomes law change for sale of tobacco but enforcement will be the key to its success.

Monday 01 October 2007 ASH today welcomed the raising of the minimum age for the purchase of tobacco from 16 to 18. This measure puts tobacco in line with the law on alcohol sales. ASH Research Manager, Amanda Sandford, said: “This is a positive measure and will help reinforce the message that tobacco is extremely […]

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ASH Media Briefing on the raising of the minimum age for the sale of tobacco on 1 October 2007.

Tuesday 25 September 2007 This briefing sets out the facts relating to the change in the law which are due to come into effect next week. Legal Background From Monday 1 October it will be illegal to sell any tobacco product to any person under the age of 18 throughout Great Britain.  In January, the […]

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Picture health warnings: UK front runner, other EU countries urged to catch up

Wednesday 29 August 2007 ASH applauds the UK Government’s decision to introduce stark pictorial warnings on all tobacco products, noting that this signals a continuing commitment to strong tobacco control measures. [1] ASH is particularly pleased that the pictures will be applied to ALL tobacco products. This makes the UK unique in Europe: to date […]

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Smoking ban: Initial survey reveals high level of compliance and public support.

Saturday 04 August 2007   Smoking ban: Initial survey reveals high level of compliance and public support As health groups predicted, England’s ban on smoking in indoor public places and workplaces has been a huge success with early data revealing that 97% of businesses have complied with the law.  Right across the country, shops, factories […]

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BAT’s anti-competitive practices exposed. Companies attending business conference urged to withdraw in protest at BAT’s presence.

Friday 27 July 2007 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 BST Friday 27th July  2007 New research published today provides yet more evidence of the shoddy business practices of BAT, the world’s second largest tobacco company.  A review of the company’s internal documents released through litigation in the USA shows how the company contravened established international […]

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England goes Smokefree Today: A victory for Public Health

Sunday 01 July 2007 ASH news release:  For immediate release: Friday 29 June 2007   England goes Smokefree Today: A victory for Public Health   From 6am today England joins the rest of the British Isles in going smokefree.   Deborah Arnott, Director of the health campaigning charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) said: […]

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