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ASH welcomes EU plans for larger health warnings

Wednesday 19 December 2012 Proposals to strengthen tobacco control measures within the European Union have been formally adopted today by the EU Commission. A revised Tobacco Products Directive was submitted to the Commission by EU Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg which will now be debated by the European Parliament. The draft Directive includes mandatory large pictorial […]

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Australia leads the world with standardised packaging for tobacco products. Will the UK be next?

Friday 30 November 2012 From 1 December 2012 Australia will become the first country in the world to require all cigarettes and other tobacco products to be sold in plain, standardised packaging. The law bans the use of logos, brand imagery, symbols, other images, colours and promotional text on tobacco products and tobacco product packaging. […]

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Australia first country in the world to implement plain standardised packaging for tobacco products

Tuesday 27 November 2012 ASH Media Advisory – Date for Diary: Sat. 1st December 2012 What’s happening in Australia? From 1 December 2012 Australia will become the first country in the world to require all cigarettes and other tobacco products to be sold in plain, standardised packaging. The law bans the use of logos, brand […]

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Historic day as international protocol to halt tobacco smuggling adopted

Monday 12 November 2012 Today government delegates from across the world adopted the illicit trade protocol of the global tobacco treaty – the world’s first public health treaty – despite strong attempts by the tobacco industry to interfere with the process and turn the protocol to its own ends. The World Health Organization, which administers […]

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Tobacco Industry Myths Shattered as Smuggling Rates Fall Again

Thursday 18 October 2012 Official figures released today show that there was a further fall in tobacco smuggling in the UK in 2010/11. [1] According to HM Revenue & Customs, in 2010/11 an estimated 9% of cigarettes consumed in the UK were illicit compared to 11% in 2009/10. The figures for hand rolled tobacco were […]

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Norway: Tobacco point of sale verdict – victory for health

Friday 14 September 2012 Philip Morris International (PMI) has today lost its legal challenge to a key element of Norway’s tobacco control legislation – a ban on the display of tobacco products at the point of sale. The world’s largest tobacco manufacturer had challenged Norway’s law on the grounds that it was damaging its business […]

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Tobacco front group cries wolf over smuggling

Wednesday 22 August 2012 A survey by the Tobacco Retailers Alliance – a branch of the TMA – claims that one in eight corner shops are ‘under threat’ due to lost sales as a result of tobacco smuggling and cross-border shopping. [1] This implies that almost 9 out of 10 shopkeepers appear to be untroubled […]

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Big Tobacco gets a bloody nose over plain packaging

Wednesday 15 August 2012 The decision by the Australian High Court to reject the legal challenge by the tobacco industry against the tobacco plain packaging legislation has delighted health campaigners in the UK. Deborah Arnott, chief executive of ASH said: “Australia’s defeat of Big Tobacco is a victory for the world. There will be many […]

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Public support plain standardised packaging of cigarettes

Friday 10 August 2012 On the closing day of the Government’s consultation on tobacco packaging figures show that more than 200,000 members of the public have responded to the Plain Packs Protect campaign, demonstrating support for plain, standardised packaging of all tobacco products. [1] This is backed up by research carried out by YouGov for […]

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Fifth Anniversary of the public places smokefree law

Thursday 28 June 2012 The fifth anniversary of the smokefree law in England falls on Sunday 1 July. [1] The ban on smoking in public places remains popular [2] and has resulted in significant health benefits. For example, in the 12 months following implementation of the law in England there were 1,200 fewer emergency admissions […]

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ASH Media Advisory note on the tobacco display ban – Implementation date: 6 April 2012

Wednesday 28 March 2012 From 6th April 2012 a ban on the display of tobacco products in large shops in England will take effect. The ban in small shops will be implemented in April 2015. [1] The measure was proposed under the Labour Government and passed into law as part of the Health Act 2009. […]

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Rise in tobacco tax – good for health, good for the economy

Wednesday 21 March 2012   The 5% real term rise in tobacco duty has been warmly welcomed by health campaigners, who had lobbied for this level of increase to help smokers quit and dissuade children from taking up the habit. [1] ASH is particularly pleased that the Chancellor acknowledges that raising tobacco duty is an […]

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ASH response to Democracy Institute report on tobacco plain packaging: he who pays the piper calls the tune

Wednesday 14 March 2012 A report published today by a tobacco industry funded libertarian think tank, the Democracy Institute, questions the evidence to support putting cigarettes in plain packaging. The authors of the report, John Luik and Patrick Basham, are two self-proclaimed “experts” on tobacco advertising and regulation with established links to the tobacco industry. […]

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50th anniversary of first major report on smoking & health

Tuesday 06 March 2012 A conference today will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first major report that explained the harm caused by smoking. The report, “Smoking and Health”, published in 1962 by the Royal College of Physicians, was unique in not only demonstrating that smoking caused lung cancer, and was linked to other diseases, […]

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Tuppence- a-cig tax rise would be good for health and wealth, say health campaigners

Saturday 03 March 2012 A submission to the Treasury in advance of the Budget by ASH and the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies (UKCTCS), endorsed by 91 health organisations, urges the Chancellor to raise the tobacco tax escalator from 2% to 5% above inflation (equivalent to about 2p per cigarette) in order to reduce […]

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