Press Releases



Professor John Moxham to be new ASH Chairman

Tuesday 08 December 2009 A leading professor of respiratory medicine is to become the new Chairman of the health campaigning charity ASH (Action on Smoking and Health). Professor Moxham takes up the post today at the charity’s AGM, having already served on the ASH board of management for many years. John Moxham replaces Donald Reid, […]

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Tobacco deal with tennis organisation may breach UK and international law

Saturday 31 October 2009 Six years after the ban on tobacco advertising and sponsorship in the UK, a London-based sports body stands accused of breaching the law by promoting a cigarette brand on its website.[1] The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) which represents the world’s top male tennis players, is responsible for the sponsorship contracts […]

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MPs vote to put tobacco out of sight and out of reach

Tuesday 13 October 2009 “The most significant step forward in public health since smokefree legislation” Today ASH praised politicians for voting in favour of ending the display of tobacco and banning the sale of tobacco from vending machines, legislation that will put tobacco out of sight and out of reach. Chief Executive of ASH Deborah […]

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Cigarette pack design gives misleading smoke signals

Friday 04 September 2009 New research from the University of Nottingham published today shows that tobacco branding and packaging send misleading ‘smoke signals’ to young people and to adult smokers. (1) The research reveals that products bearing the word ‘smooth’ or using lighter coloured branding mislead people into thinking that these products are less harmful […]

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UK could benefit by up to £5.7bn through international tobacco smuggling agreement

Tuesday 23 June 2009 At the start of the next round of international negotiations in Geneva (28 June-5 July) [1], ASH is releasing a major new report showing that if a protocol on tobacco smuggling were to be adopted, it could • reduce smuggling in the UK by up to 80%; • save 760 lives […]

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Lords put tobacco out of sight of children

Wednesday 06 May 2009 Action on Smoking & Health today praised the House of Lords for putting children’s health first following a vote to put tobacco out of sight in shops across England, Wales and Northern Ireland [1]. The move, which has been supported by over 100 health and welfare organisations, will close one of […]

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Strong evidence supporting plain packaging for all tobacco products on the eve of Lords vote

Wednesday 29 April 2009 A new study [1] presented today in Dublin [2] has found a significant link between cigarette branding and ‘false beliefs’ among smokers and children. The authors argue that this link provides strong evidence for the introduction of plain packaging [3] for all tobacco products in the UK. The study surveyed 516 […]

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Tobacco tax rise is welcome but needs to be backed by anti-smuggling measures

Wednesday 22 April 2009 ASH welcomed the above-inflation increase in tobacco tax announced in today’s Budget. The tax rise will help reduce smoking by encouraging current smokers to quit and dissuading young people from starting. However, ASH urged the Government to re-double its efforts to curb tobacco smuggling to stop the illegal trade undermining a […]

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Anti-smuggling agreements: better late than never

Wednesday 22 April 2009 Commenting on the announcement that the UK government has just signed anti-smuggling agreements with the tobacco industry, Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH said: “ASH congratulates the UK Government for finally signing up to the legally binding anti-smuggling agreements with Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco International. “The EU agreements will […]

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Tobacco manufacturers put the frighteners on corner shops

Wednesday 18 March 2009 The tobacco industry front group “The Tobacco Retailers Alliance” was condemned today for attempting to terrify small shop keepers. The group was exposed as a tobacco industry front organisation last autumn when they were caught covertly lobbying MPs against government health policy. The Department of Health wants to cut youth smoking […]

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Health Select Committee inquiry report calls for more action to reduce smoking to narrow the gap in health inequalities

Friday 13 March 2009 The importance of reducing smoking to narrow the gap in health inequalities is one of the key messages to emerge from the Health Select Committee’s inquiry into health inequalities, released today. The Committee acknowledges that the Government has been effective in implementing some tobacco control measures, for example the public places […]

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ASH backs Barnsley campaign to reduce youth smoking

Wednesday 11 March 2009 Martin Dockrell of Action on Smoking and Health congratulated NHS Barnsley on their important campaign on youth smoking:   “Every year in the UK the tobacco industry need to recruit 100,000 smokers to replace smokers who quit or die. Because so few smokers start as adults this means they have to […]

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Irish shop survey highlights need for tobacco display ban

Wednesday 04 March 2009 Research published today by Ireland’s Office for Tobacco Control [1] shows that children still have a high chance of purchasing cigarettes from shops or via vending machines and are subjected to tobacco marketing in most retail outlets. The study found that two in five shop retailers and two in three licensed […]

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Coronaries and controversy – the impact of smoke-free legislation on coronary heart disease

Friday 20 February 2009 A number of studies have been published recently showing a decline in admissions to hospital for heart attack following the implementation of smokefree laws in various countries. Many of these studies, including one on the impact of the Scottish smoking ban [1] have also been the subject of criticism by so-called […]

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Smoking: A greater cause of premature deaths than poverty, Scottish study finds.

Friday 20 February 2009 A major new study shows conclusively that smoking is a much more significant cause of health inequalities than wealth or social class. Well-off smokers die earlier than poor non-smokers and smoking also cancels out the life expectancy advantage women have over men, so that women smokers die earlier than male non-smokers. […]

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