Press Releases



Giant step forward for tobacco control as Australia announces plans to ban branding from tobacco packs

Wednesday 28 April 2010 A requirement to sell tobacco products in plain packaging is set to become law in Australia. This is a major advance in tobacco control as it will stop the industry misleading smokers. The Australian law could pave the way for similar bans in other countries including the UK. [1] Martin Dockrell, […]

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Tobacco companies use bully-boy tactics to challenge display ban

Monday 26 April 2010 Reacting to the news that Britain’s three largest cigarette companies have announced their intention to challenge the ban on tobacco product display in shops in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, ASH said their action smacked of desperation and was typical of the industry’s bully-boy tactics. [1] ASH strongly refutes the claims […]

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OFT investigation: British tobacco companies guilty of price fixing

Friday 16 April 2010 The Office of Fair Trading’s long-running investigation into price fixing by British tobacco companies has reached a dramatic conclusion with the revelation that Imperial Tobacco and Gallaher (now owned by Japan Tobacco International) have been charged with unfair trading practices. Together with a number of supermarkets with whom they traded, the […]

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ASH calls for swift implementation of standard for fire safer cigarettes following move by Finland

Thursday 01 April 2010 ASH today congratulated the Finnish Government for being the first country in Europe to introduce fire safety standards in cigarettes and called on the European Commission to adopt a new standard for reduced fire risk cigarettes across the whole European Union by August 2010 in line with the timetable agreed in […]

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Tobacco tax rise: A step in the right direction

Wednesday 24 March 2010 ASH welcomes the rise in tobacco duty announced in today’s Budget of 1% above inflation and the commitment to raise duty by 2% above inflation from 2011 to 2014. ASH would have preferred to have a larger increase now, as recommended in its recently published report The Effects of Increasing Tobacco […]

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New report finds major benefits to the health of the nation from increasing tobacco taxes

Friday 05 March 2010 Following an extensive economic evaluation of the benefits of increasing tobacco prices on the health of the nation, ASH has today published its report The Effects of Increasing Tobacco Taxation. Produced by independent economist Howard Reed[1], the report[2] shows that raising tobacco prices through taxation by 5% above inflation will: • […]

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Marmot Review of Health Inequalities: Reducing tobacco use is key to narrowing the gap

Thursday 11 February 2010 Responding to the Mamot review of health inequalities published today [1] ASH welcomed the recommendation to increase investment in ill health prevention including programmes to reduce smoking among the poorest social groups. As the report notes: “Tobacco control is central to any strategy to tackle health inequalities as smoking accounts for […]

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Slowing of downward trend in smoking shows need for strong comprehensive tobacco strategy

Thursday 28 January 2010 The latest annual lifestyle survey has found that the overall smoking rate among adults in 2008 remained at 21%, the same rate as in 2007. However, there was a small increase in smoking among people in routine and manual groups, which is a particular concern as this will further widen health […]

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