Press Releases



ASH response to WHO report on electronic nicotine delivery systems

Tuesday 26 August 2014 Responding to the publication of a report on electronic nicotine delivery systems (electronic cigarettes or vapourisers) Hazel Cheeseman, Director of Policy and Research at ASH said: “ASH supports regulation of electronic cigarettes including controls on marketing but any regulation must be proportionate. Smoking kills 100,000 people in the UK alone. Smokers […]

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Advertising Authority Rules Against Tobacco Industry Again: ASH Calls JTI Ad Campaign “Blatantly Dishonest”

Wednesday 30 July 2014 Yet again, the tobacco industry has been caught using deceptive advertising to try to block legislation to help cut smoking rates. The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that adverts run by Japan Tobacco International (JTI) against the introduction of standardised (“plain”) tobacco packaging were misleading and must not be published again.[1] […]

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Smoking rates among children in England fall to record low

Thursday 24 July 2014 Regular smoking among 11-15 year olds in England has fallen to a record low level of 3% – the lowest since the annual survey began in 1982.  Ten years ago (2003), 9% of schoolchildren were regular smokers. [1]  Also, over the past decade, the proportion of young people who have tried […]

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Huge drop in Australian smoking rates attributed to standardised packs

Wednesday 16 July 2014 New figures released by the Australian government have shown adult smoking rates have fallen by a massive 15%. Before the measure was introduced in December 2012, daily smoking prevalence stood at 15.1% and has now fallen to 12.8%. [1] Standardised packaging is the only new policy intervention over this time period […]

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Ending smoking in cars with children a step closer

Tuesday 15 July 2014 ASH welcomes the launch today of the consultation on the draft regulations to prohibit smoking in cars with children under 18 present. [1] There is widespread support for a ban on smoking in cars with children, both among the public and parliamentarians.  A poll conducted in March by YouGov for ASH […]

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Briefing for picture editors: Standardised Packaging of Cigarettes and Tobacco Products

Tuesday 24 June 2014 front                         back PLEASE NOTE: Standardised packs are NOT plain white packs They are legally required to carry graphic and text health warnings as above Standardised packaging will be required to carry EU mandated health warnings as set out in […]

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Media Briefing: Standardised Packaging of Cigarettes and Tobacco Products

Monday 23 June 2014 front                         back PLEASE NOTE: Standardised packs are NOT plain white packs [1] They carry graphic and text health warnings as above Introduction 1.    On 3rd April, the Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison MP, said in responding to the Chantler […]

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Carbon monoxide testing for all pregnant woman will save babies’ lives

Thursday 19 June 2014 The campaigning health charity ASH welcomes the news released today by the HSCIC that smoking rates among pregnant women have fallen to their lowest recorded level at 12%[1]. However, one baby a day is still dying in the UK as a result of mothers smoking during pregnancy[2]. In 2011, the Government […]

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House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee Report on Illicit Trade of Tobacco

Saturday 14 June 2014 The campaigning health charity ASH has welcomed the latest report of the Home Affairs Select Committee on the illicit tobacco trade, published today. The report states very clearly that “the decision on standardised packaging should be driven by health reasons”. The report gives no support to the tobacco industry’s persistent claims […]

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Widespread support for raising taxes on tobacco

Saturday 31 May 2014 Britons are in favour of raising taxes on tobacco with a majority agreeing that tax should be increased by 5% above the rate of inflation. To mark World No Tobacco Day [1] which this year has as its theme: “Raise tobacco tax, lower death and disease”, ASH has released figures showing […]

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WHO Award for North East tobacco control campaigner

Thursday 29 May 2014 ASH is delighted to announce that Ms Ailsa Rutter, Director of FRESH, the office of tobacco control in the north-east, has been awarded a WHO World No Tobacco Day medal in recognition of her outstanding work in tackling smoking. [1] Ms Rutter set up the first regional tobacco control office in […]

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Over 2 million Britons now regularly use electronic cigarettes

Monday 28 April 2014 Figures released by health charity ASH [1] on the day the ASA’s consultation on the advertising of electronic cigarettes closes [2] reveal that usage of electronic cigarettes among adults in Britain has tripled over the past two years from an estimated 700,000 users in 2012 to 2.1 million in 2014. [3] […]

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UK again tops EU scale of tobacco control measures

Thursday 27 March 2014 For the third time, the UK has come top in a European survey measuring the implementation of key tobacco control policies. [1] The survey of 34 European states ranks the countries according to how well they are implementing six policies identified by the World Bank as being essential for a comprehensive […]

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Budget response: Government commitment to annual tobacco tax rise welcomed though it falls short of optimum increase

Wednesday 19 March 2014 The extension of the 2% above inflation annual tobacco tax rise for the whole of the next parliament announced today in the Budget has been welcomed by ASH and other health organisations. [1] However it falls short of the 5% rise demanded by the health campaigners who are concerned that the […]

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Budget: ASH welcomes government consultation on important tobacco measures

Wednesday 19 March 2014 ASH and the other 80 organisations endorsing its budget submission had urged the government to introduce a minimum excise tax for tobacco and support the Chancellor’s decision to consult during summer 2014 on whether a minimum excise tax for tobacco could help improve public health. [1] Deborah Arnott, chief executive of […]

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