Press Releases



Tobacco Giants Fiddle While Homes Burn

Thursday 28 June 2007 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Thursday 28th `June 2007 Tobacco Giants Fiddle While Homes Burn Over 3,500 people in the UK have been killed by avoidable house fires according to research published by fire prevention campaigners today. (1)Analysing official Government figures for the past 20 years the authors conclude that many […]

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New survey shows 1 in 4 will visit pubs more often after smokefree legislation.

Thursday 31 May 2007 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Thursday 31st May 2007   A YouGov survey released today by Action on Smoking and Health and the British Thoracic Society shows that the English are set to welcome smokefree pubs with open arms – and open wallets. One in four (25%) expect to visit pubs […]

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Smokefree Lords is a great relief.

Thursday 17 May 2007 ASH news release:  For immediate release:  Thursday 17th May 2007   Smokefree Lords is a great relief   From July 1st the new smokefree law will protect England’s governors as well as the governed the House of Lords has confirmed ending uncertainty and rumour that the law would not apply to […]

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Blair: Tobacco campaigners bid fond farewell.

Thursday 10 May 2007 ASH news release:  For immediate use  Thursday 10th May  2007   Blair: Tobacco Campaigners Bid A Fond Farewell Action on Smoking and Health marked Prime Minister Tony Blair’s departure with a salute to his contribution to public health today. In recent days Blair himself has acknowledged that he had to be […]

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BAT admits breach of its marketing code.

Wednesday 09 May 2007 ASH news release:  For immediate release:  Wednesday 9th May 2007   BAT admits breach of its marketing code Following the release of ASH’s report – “You’ve got to be kidding” [1] –  into the way BAT markets its cigarettes to young people around the world, the company has acknowledged in a […]

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Smoking in Hollywood movies strongly linked to increase in global youth smoking.

Tuesday 08 May 2007 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00.01 Tuesday 8th May 2007     Smoking in Hollywood movies strongly linked to increase in global youth smoking   New research reveals how the incidence of smoking in US-made movies is influencing teenagers in countries far beyond American shores.  Studies in Germany and Mexico, as well […]

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Tobacco giant’s ‘School of Cool’ recruits young smokers

Thursday 26 April 2007 ASH news release:  Embargo: 10:00 am 26th April 2007   Tobacco giant’s “School of Cool” recruits young smokers British American Tobacco (BAT) executives gather today to celebrate a “good year” at their annual shareholders’ meeting in London. But health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) believes the company is profiting […]

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750,000 die in UK corporate social responsibility scandal

Thursday 26 April 2007 ASH news release:  For Immediate Use 26th April 2007   750,000 die in UK corporate social responsibility scandal At the British American Tobacco AGM today young activists from round the world gathered to turn the tables on the tobacco giant to highlight its disgraced marketing tactics and mark the company’s contribution […]

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Smokers take more sick leave: more evidence of the benefits of going smokefree early.

Thursday 29 March 2007 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Thursday 29th March 2007   New research from Sweden shows that smokers take almost 8 days more sick leave every year than  non-smokers. [1] This large, nationally representative study provides the best evidence to date that smoking affects productivity.  Across the whole sample, the average number […]

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Shisha 200 times worse than a cigarette say Middle East experts.

Tuesday 27 March 2007 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 27th March 2007 For more up-to-date information, please download our fact sheet on waterpipes (pdf). Three leading experts from across the Middle East have warned that excluding “shisha bars” when England goes smokefree on July 1 could worsen the grave inequalities in health that already affect ethnic […]

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ASH Budget reaction: Tax reduction on stop smoking products will increase quitting prospects.

Wednesday 21 March 2007 ASH news release:  For immediate release: Wednesday 21 March 2007   ASH Budget reaction:  Tax reduction on stop smoking products will increase quitting prospects The Chancellor’s decision to reduce VAT on stop smoking aids such as nicotine patches and gum to the lowest level has been welcomed by ASH. This surprise […]

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No Smoking Day trigger to quit before the ban. PCTs urged to support Stop Smoking Services.

Wednesday 14 March 2007 ASH news release: Embargo: 00:01 Wednesday 14th March 2007 Today’s No Smoking Day is expected to be one of the busiest ever as smokers seize the opportunity to quit prior to the ban on smoking in public places that will be coming into effect over the coming months. And evidence from […]

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Public demand Chancellor puts up tobacco tax in Budget

Sunday 04 March 2007 ASH News release:  Embargo: 0.01 Sunday 4 March 2007     Public demand Chancellor puts up tobacco tax in Budget In a letter to the Treasury, endorsed by 21 health organisations across the United Kingdom [1], ASH urges the Chancellor to increase tobacco taxation by 19 pence a packet in advance […]

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Anniversary of smokefree vote starts countdown for 3.7 million bosses.

Wednesday 14 February 2007 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Wednesday 14th February 2007 Valentine’s day is the anniversary of the House of Commons vote in favour of comprehensive smokefree legislation for England. One year later 3.7 million employers, including 200,000 pubs, clubs and restaurants are preparing to become smokefree.[1] This will make England the biggest […]

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EU Parliament’s backtracking on smoking ban undermines smokefree directive proposals.

Wednesday 14 February 2007 ASH news release:  For immediate release: 14 February 2007   EU Parliament’s backtracking on smoking ban undermines smokefree directive proposals A decision by the European Parliament to abandon its smokefree policy and to reintroduce smoking rooms  is a major setback and could undermine the Commission’s consultation on proposals for a smokefree […]

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