Press Releases



ASH comment on Lancet editorial on e-cigarettes

Friday 28 August 2015 ASH was saddened to see the Lancet editorial today attacking Public Health England (PHE) for having ‘fallen short of its mission’. [1] To criticise Public Health England for quoting an estimate, contained in the expert review it commissioned, that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco on the basis that the […]

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ASH welcomes clarity from Public Health England on the safety of electronic cigarettes

Wednesday 19 August 2015 ASH welcomes the clear advice about electronic cigarettes issued today by Public Health England (PHE). A review of the evidence published by PHE shows that electronic cigarettes offer a much safer alternative to smoking and more should be done to encourage smokers to switch. In light of this review PHE have, […]

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Action needed to reverse the downward trend in those seeking support to quit smoking

Wednesday 19 August 2015 Responding to the data published this morning, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) are calling for steps to be taken to reverse the current downward trend in people seeking support from specialist Stop Smoking Services. Smokers getting support from local stop […]

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Latest data finds no evidence that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking for young people

Monday 17 August 2015 New research from the ASH Smokefree GB Youth Survey published today in the journal Public Health and backed by further data from the 2015 wave, finds no evidence that young people are being recruited to smoking through their use of electronic cigarettes. [1] [2] Experimentation increased over three years with 4% […]

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ASH supports calls for more to be done on public understanding of nicotine

Thursday 13 August 2015 Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) supports the call made by the Royal Society of Public Health [1] today for more to be done to ensure that medical professionals, the media and the public understand that nicotine is not the deadly component in cigarettes. In 2013 the National Institute for Health […]

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What about YOUth? Smoking and e-cigarette use among 15 year olds in England.

Tuesday 04 August 2015 A new report published today on health behaviour among 15 year olds shows that 8% are current smokers while 18% have tried electronic cigarettes and 3% are current users. [1] According to this survey, smoking rates are consistent with the findings of the latest Smoking Drinking and Drug Use and show […]

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Government survey shows number of children trying smoking continues to decline and very few children regularly using electronic cigarettes

Thursday 23 July 2015 The number of children who have ever tried smoking continues to decline from 22% of 11-15 year olds surveyed in 2013 to 18% in 2014. The latest data from the England-wide school survey on smoking, drinking and drug use [1] has shown that only one percent of children aged 11-15 reported […]

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UN Conference urges governments to consider taxing tobacco to finance development

Thursday 16 July 2015 Governments worldwide should consider using tobacco taxation as a tool to finance sustainable development and save lives, says the declaration of a major UN conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “Price and tax measures on tobacco can be an effective and important means to reduce tobacco consumption and health care costs, and […]

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ASH given permission to intervene in tobacco court case

Wednesday 08 July 2015 Mr Justice Green today gave permission to Action on Smoking and Health to intervene in the judicial review cases brought by the tobacco industry to try to stop the introduction of standardised packaging of cigarettes. [1] [2] Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of health charity ASH said: “We are delighted that the […]

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Budget: Chancellor’s decision not to proceed with tobacco tax levy is a massive missed opportunity

Wednesday 08 July 2015 Action on Smoking and Health has criticised the Chancellor’s decision not to proceed with a levy on the tobacco industry in today’s Budget. The Government has already held a public consultation on the levy [1] which ASH, supported by more than 120 national and local organisations, believes would help cut smoking […]

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Smoking in Pregnancy – Government on track to meet ambition

Thursday 18 June 2015 Statistics released today indicate that the Government is on track to meet its ambition of reducing smoking in pregnancy – as recorded at time of delivery – to 11% or less by the end of 2015. The statistics show that in 2014/15 11.4% of women were recorded as smoking at the […]

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New report says tobacco companies should be forced to pay the cost of reducing smoking rates

Wednesday 10 June 2015 More than 120 public health-related organisations have joined Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) today to call on the Government to impose an annual levy on tobacco companies. The money raised would pay for evidence-based measures to reduce smoking including enhanced mass media campaigns and stop smoking services. This could save […]

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Smoking Still Kills: Government announced key recommendation: a new tobacco control strategy

Wednesday 10 June 2015 Following the launch in Parliament of the Smoking Still Kills report – published by ASH and endorsed by over 120 health-related organisations – Public Health Minister Jane Ellison announced that the Government would be going ahead with one of the report’s key recommendations – a new tobacco strategy. ASH Chief Executive […]

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ASH statement on banning the use of e-cigarettes in public places

Tuesday 09 June 2015 Following the Welsh Government’s announcement that it proposes to ban the use of e-cigarettes in public places, ASH issued the following statement: ASH does not support legislation to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in enclosed public spaces. While the evidence that secondhand smoke causes harm to bystanders is irrefutable there […]

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World Trade Organization panel to hear oral arguments on Australia tobacco plain packaging case from June 1-5, 2015

Monday 01 June 2015 Today a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel will begin to hear oral arguments in claims that Australia’s tobacco plain packaging infringes WTO agreements. The hearing will take place at WTO in Geneva from 1st to 5th June 2015. The outcome of this case is being watched worldwide by governments, […]

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