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Tobacco display ban – health wins the day!

Tuesday 09 December 2008 ASH welcomes the government’s announcement that tobacco products are to be removed from public view as part of a range of measures to protect children from tobacco marketing. Although it is disappointing that tobacco sales will still be permitted from vending machines, overall tobacco marketing will be virtually eliminated by the […]

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Queen’s Speech response: Clarity still needed on legislative measures to protect children from tobacco

Wednesday 03 December 2008 Responding to the Queen’s speech today, ASH welcomed the promise of legislation to improve public health but expressed disappointment that the detail of the measures to protect children by tackling smoking have not yet been made clear. Overall ASH is optimistic that measures to further curb tobacco marketing will be included […]

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Pre-Budget Report: Tobacco tax maintained and smuggling strategy updated – good progress being made but more work needed

Monday 24 November 2008 ASH welcomes the government’s commitment to maintain the level of tobacco taxation despite the reduction in VAT announced in the Pre-Budget Report. However, the government is urged to increase tobacco tax above inflation in the next budget to help the large majority of smokers who want to quit. The new integrated […]

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Pre-Budget Report: Tackling tobacco smuggling

Thursday 20 November 2008 Background In the March 2008 Budget, the Chancellor announced that the new UK Border Agency, working with HM Revenue & Customs, would develop a new strategy to tackle tobacco smuggling, to be published as part of the November Pre Budget Report. This briefing sets out what is likely to be included […]

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Smoking costing NHS GBP2.7 billion a year

New Report Calls for Action to Protect Young People and Curb Tobacco Marketing 07 October 2008 The annual cost of smoking to the NHS in England has soared from £1.7 billion a year in 1998 to £2.7 billion this year. Presented at the NCRI conference today the figures are included in a major new report, […]

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New picture warnings will provide shocking reminder of health impacts of smoking

Friday 26 September 2008 Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) welcomes the introduction of new stark picture warnings on tobacco products which will start appearing on cigarette packs from early October. Deborah Arnott, Director of the health campaigning charity, ASH said: “The stark images in the picture warnings on tobacco products are a call to […]

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1 October 2008: Implementation of picture warnings on tobacco products.

Wednesday 24 September 2008 This briefing sets out the facts relating to the implementation of pictorial health warnings on tobacco packaging in the UK which will take effect from 1 October 2008 and summarises research on their impact. For further information or comment, please contact Deborah Arnott or Amanda Sandford on 020 7739 5902. ISDN […]

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OFT investigation: Yet again British tobacco companies show contempt for their customers.

Friday 11 July 2008 Gallaher’s agreement to pay millions of pounds in penalties to the OFT, following its admission that it engaged in unlawful price fixing demonstrates yet again that the tobacco industry can’t be trusted.[1] This follows a recent study conducted for ASH showing that the tobacco industry has increased its prices way above […]

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First Anniversary of England’s smokefree law shows public ready to acccept even stronger tobacco control measures.

Monday 30 June 2008 On the first anniversary of England’s smokefree law, public support for smokefree environments is still rising [1] and surveys show that most people are in favour of even stronger measures to reduce smoking and to protect children from secondhand smoke [2]. The law has also resulted in a fall in sales […]

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Glyndebourne sponsorship deal with BAT

Thursday 05 June 2008 The organisers of the Glyndebourne opera festival have been forced to distance themselves from British American Tobacco, sponsor of their production of Carmen and the world’s second largest cigarette producer, after an investigation by local Trading Standards Officers branded aspects of the partnership illegal. The decision came just two days before […]

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YouGov poll shows strong public support for tough measures to protect children from tobacco

Friday 30 May 2008 The Smokefree Action Coalition welcomes the launch of the Government’s consultation on the future of tobacco control and the commitment to a new national tobacco control strategy. The launch follows the Scottish Government’s announcement last week of their new tobacco control plans and comes on the same day as the Coalition […]

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New evidence on tobacco smuggling presented to Health Select Committee

Thursday 22 May 2008 Evidence being presented to a Health Select Committee hearing on health inequalities today will show that tobacco smuggling is exacerbating health inequalities and may also be discouraging younger smokers from quitting. Research commissioned by ASH reveals that 1 in 20 smokers in professional groups admit to buying smuggled tobacco but among […]

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TV presenter joins London day of action against BAT

Thursday 01 May 2008 Television entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne joined campaigners outside the London headquarters of British American Tobacco today as shareholders arrived for the company’s annual general meeting. [1] The Day of Protest was organised by the campaigning charity ASH, which has been researching BAT’s activities in Africa. Its report, BAT’s African Footprint, says that […]

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Public demand more Government action to curb smoking

Friday 25 April 2008 The government will launch a public consultation next month on its plans to tighten legislation on the sale of tobacco – but new research reveals that people, including smokers, are already demanding more action. A poll carried out for ASH revealed that: • 76% of GB adults support a ban on […]

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ASH protests at BAT’s Footprint on Africa

Friday 25 April 2008 As British American Tobacco celebrates 100 years of trade in Africa at its AGM in London (on Wednesday, 30th April), campaigners will be outside, protesting about the heavy footprint it leaves on the continent – death, hunger, poverty, and environmental destruction. A new report by ASH, BAT’s African Footprint [1], says […]

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