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Will UK lose its top place in European tobacco control ranking?

Friday 31 May 2013 The UK could be about to lose its top ranking for tobacco control measures in Europe as Ireland steals the limelight following its decision to proceed with standardised packaging for tobacco next year. [1] According to an independent analysis of a range of tobacco control measures, in recent years the UK […]

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Use of e-cigarettes continues to rise among British adult smokers but use among young people is negligible

Tuesday 07 May 2013 Figures released by health campaigning charity ASH today show that use of electronic cigarettes by smokers and ex-smokers is continuing to rise but among young people it is negligible. The survey findings have been submitted as evidence to a committee of the European Parliament which is meeting today to discuss electronic […]

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Tobacco tax rise is a missed opportunity and falls short of optimum increase

Wednesday 20 March 2013 The 2% rise in tobacco duty falls far short of the 5% above inflation rise demanded by ASH and other health organisations. [1] Campaigners warn that the increase may not be enough to stop smokers shifting to hand-rolled tobacco or cheaper brands of cigarettes and may not meet the Government’s ambition […]

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ASA rules tobacco multinational’s ads on plain packs misleading

Wednesday 13 March 2013 The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that ads run by Japan Tobacco International (JTI) against the introduction of plain, standard packaging are misleading and must not be published again.[1] The ads, placed in the national press in 2012, stated that in 2008 the Government had “rejected” plain packaging for tobacco because […]

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Health groups call for tobacco tax escalator to rise to 5% in Budget

Wednesday 13 March 2013 A submission to the Treasury in advance of the Budget by ASH and the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies (UKCTCS), endorsed by 87 health organisations, urges the Chancellor to maintain the 5% above inflation tax increase introduced last year and to continue raising the tax at that level between now […]

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