Press Releases



UK signs Protocol to combat illicit trade in tobacco

Wednesday 18 December 2013 Reacting to the news that the UK Government has signed the WHO’s Protocol to Eliminate the Illicit Trade In Tobacco Products, ASH Chief Executive Deborah Arnott said: “This is excellent news. We congratulate the Government on taking this important step towards the eradication of the illicit trade in tobacco. Tackling smuggling […]

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EU Tobacco Products Directive: agreement reached

Wednesday 18 December 2013 The text of a new EU law to further restrict the sale and promotion of tobacco has been agreed today. Following weeks of negotiations between the EU Commission, Parliament and Council of Ministers the final ‘trilogue’ meeting resulted in agreement across a range of new measures. Subject to a final vote […]

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Major Win for Public Health as Government Goes Ahead With Standard Packs Legislation

Thursday 28 November 2013 Action on Smoking and Health has warmly welcomed today’s announcement that the Government is to introduce legislation on the standardised (“plain”) packaging of cigarettes and tobacco products. ASH Chief Executive Deborah Arnott said that: “Everyone who cares about the health of children and about reducing the toll of deaths and disease […]

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ASH Media Advisory: First anniversary of implementation of standardised tobacco packaging in Australia

Wednesday 27 November 2013 Overview Sunday 1st December 2013 marks the first anniversary of the implementation of standardised tobacco packaging in Australia  The impact on both adults and young people in Australia has been positive (see Section 2 below).  The measure was supported by a substantial (12.5%) rise in tobacco tax and will be bolstered […]

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Tobacco Industry funded report backfires

Monday 25 November 2013 A London Economics report commissioned by Philip Morris International launched today tries unsuccessfully to dismiss falls in smoking prevalence and increases in the noticeability of health warnings in Australia after the introduction of plain, standardised tobacco packaging twelve months ago. [1] [2] Commenting on the report, Deborah Arnott Chief Executive of […]

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Tobacco Industry Illicit Trade Claims Shown to be Wrong, Again

Friday 11 October 2013 Official figures released today show that the level of tobacco smuggling in the UK in 2012/13 was no higher than in 2010/11, the last published set of figures. [1] According to HM Revenue & Customs, in 2012/13 an estimated 9% of cigarettes consumed in the UK were illicit compared to 9% […]

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European Parliament votes for negotiations to start on Tobacco Products Directive

Tuesday 08 October 2013 ASH congratulates the European Parliament for its strong support for a mandate for negotiations to proceed on a revised Tobacco Products Directive. MEPs have approved a range of new regulations to curb smoking, including bigger warnings on cigarette packs, to regulate e-cigarettes and a ban on flavourings including menthol. ASH is […]

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F1 film Rush: Call to show the truth about smoking

Thursday 05 September 2013 Rush – the new film about the 1970’s Formula One rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda – is a sharp reminder of how the tobacco industry used sport to recruit new young smokers. The cars are plastered with Marlboro and John Player Special logos and colours while smoking is […]

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Tobacco price rises? Don’t put all the blame on the Chancellor

Monday 12 August 2013 Tobacco industry claims that high prices for cigarettes are due to tax increases are exposed as false today, in an online article for Tobacco Control by economist Howard Reed and Professor Anna Gilmore of the University of Bath and the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies. From 2006 to 2009, almost […]

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Encouraging downward trend in smoking among children but more needs to be done to prevent children starting

Thursday 25 July 2013 Responding to the latest figures which show that smoking among 11-15 year olds in England continues to decline Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of health charity ASH said: “The continued decline in child smoking shows the importance of having a comprehensive tobacco control strategy. Much has been achieved in recent years but […]

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EU Parliament committee votes for large tobacco health warnings: a very positive development says ASH

Thursday 11 July 2013 ASH is delighted that the lead EU Parliamentary committee (ENVI) responsible for making recommendations on the revised proposed EU Tobacco Products Directive has voted for health warnings on cigarette packs to be increased to 75% of the surface area, as originally proposed by the European Commission. Despite lobbying by the tobacco […]

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Bolton hospital’s smoking shelters are a backward step

Friday 21 June 2013 Following reports that the Royal Bolton Hospital is to re-introduce smoking shelters in its grounds, ASH commented that the proposed policy is a backward step. ASH is very disappointed in the Bolton hospital decision and would like to remind all other hospital trusts that allowing smoking in grounds and having smoking […]

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ASH welcomes MHRA’s decision to license e-cigarettes

Wednesday 12 June 2013 The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has announced today that e-cigarettes sold in the UK are to be regulated by the MHRA. The announcement complements the guidance issued last week by NICE which supports the use of licensed nicotine containing products (NCPs) to help smokers cut down and as […]

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ASH response to NICE guidance on harm reduction

Wednesday 05 June 2013 The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today issued guidance on tobacco harm reduction. [1]   The guidance is focused on helping those people who are highly dependent on nicotine who may not be able or do not want to stop smoking in one step; those who may want […]

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ASH comment on Government smokefree homes & cars campaign

Tuesday 04 June 2013 ASH welcomes the launch today of a campaign by Public Health England  to raise awareness of the harm caused by secondhand smoke and to encourage people to make their homes and cars smokefree.  [1] Up to 5 million children across the UK are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke in the home […]

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