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Official evaluation confirms tobacco display bans can deter youth smoking without harming retailers

Friday 19 November 2010 In recent months evidence has been mounting in favour of a total tobacco display ban at the point of sale. Two studies published today which evaluated the impact of Ireland’s tobacco display ban show that the law has already had a positive impact on youth attitudes to smoking while legitimate sales […]

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Cancer report: Prevention is better than care says health charity

Thursday 18 November 2010 According to an evaluation of the Labour Government’s Cancer Reform strategy published today, the cost to the NHS of treating cancer was approximately £6.3 billion in 2008-09. Whilst efficiencies have been made in the provision of cancer care, about 255,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year in England and around […]

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Public Health White Paper – A step in the right direction

Tuesday 30 November 2010 Responding to the Public Health White Paper launched today ASH broadly welcomed the emphasis placed on prevention and health improvement and the ring-fencing of money for public health. ASH supports in principle the setting up of a Public Health Service (PHS) and the proposal to shift public health services to local […]

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Deaths from smoking three times higher in Northern towns

Wednesday 27 October 2010 According to new data from the Association of Public Health Observatories, people who live in northern towns such as Manchester are more likely to die from smoking related disease than those who live in the South, and three times more likely to die from smoking related illnesses than parts of the […]

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Imperial Tobacco toes the line

Monday 27 September 2010 Imperial Tobacco – the world’s 4th largest international tobacco company – has today signed a legally-binding anti-smuggling Agreement with the European Union. [1] This follows similar legally binding agreements taken firstly by Philip Morris International (PMI) in 2004, by Japan Tobacco International (JTI) in December 2007 and by British American Tobacco […]

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Shopkeepers hoodwinked by tobacco manufacturers

Tuesday 24 August 2010 Tobacco manufacturers have stepped up their campaign to block a law aimed at protecting children from taking up smoking by putting tobacco out of sight. A survey published today by a tobacco industry front group, the Tobacco Retailers Alliance, reports that they have convinced 2 out of 3 shopkeepers that a […]

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Finland bans tobacco display in Europe’s toughest tobacco control law

Friday 20 August 2010 ASH congratulates the Finnish president who today signed a new law putting tobacco displays out of sight in shops. Finland joins a growing number of countries including Ireland, Canada and Norway that have adopted the measure to protect young people from tobacco marketing. [1] In several jurisdictions, including Scotland and England, […]

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1,000 people a day quit smoking with NHS

Thursday 19 August 2010 Action on Smoking & Health has welcomed today’s announcement from the Department of Health that the NHS in England helped a record 374,000 smokers to quit smoking last year. The figure refers only to those who quit for at least 4 weeks using NHS services and does not include the millions […]

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Victory for health as tobacco sponsorship of major tennis tournament is axed

Wednesday 11 August 2010 Persistent lobbying by tobacco control activists in Europe has brought about an end to the last high profile tobacco sponsorship of sport in Europe. Members of the Swiss tobacco control organisation OxyRomandie and ASH are today celebrating the termination of the Davidoff sponsorship of the ATP Swiss Indoor tournament in Basle, […]

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Three tobacco companies down – Imperial Tobacco should follow, says ASH

Thursday 15 July 2010 BAT – the world’s second largest tobacco company – has today signed a legally-binding anti-smuggling Agreement with the European Union. [1] This follows similar legally binding agreements taken firstly by Philip Morris International (PMI) in 2004 and by Japan Tobacco International (JTI) in December 2007. The Agreement means that the company […]

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ASH responds to MPs’ call for reintroduction of smoking in pubs and clubs

Wednesday 07 July 2010 Responding to a call by a group of MPs for the re-introduction of smoking in pubs, ASH said that there was little public support for such a measure. In fact, ASH research suggests the opposite to be true – ie that smokers would welcome an extension of the smoking ban rather […]

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Smokers’ support for smokefree law doubles

Thursday 01 July 2010 On the third anniversary of England’s smokefree public places law, research shows that public support for the law is strong and continuing to grow, particularly among smokers. According to a YouGov poll for ASH [1] support for the law has doubled since it was introduced in 2007 and for every four […]

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Fall in heart attacks in England following smokefree law

Wednesday 09 June 2010 A study measuring the impact of England’s smokefree law on hospital admissions for heart attacks has shown that the legislation resulted in 1200 fewer emergency admissions to hospital in the 12 months following the implementation of the 2007 law. [1] This is the latest of a number of studies measuring the […]

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The smoke-filled room: How Big Tobacco influences health policy in the UK

Monday 31 May 2010 Dirty tricks used by cigarette companies to derail UK health policies that could save the lives of thousands of Britons every year are laid bare in a report, The Smoke Filled Room, published by ASH today. [1] Previously secret documents from the tobacco companies’ own archives, reveal how they: • Conspired […]

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Shop survey reveals tight control of tobacco product display by UK tobacco companies

Friday 21 May 2010 A survey of over 100 small shops in England has revealed that tobacco companies have almost total control over the way tobacco is displayed and marketed. Nearly eight out of ten (79%) of retailers who had a tobacco industry funded gantry were forced to comply with certain conditions relating to the […]

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