Press Releases



The Two Faces of the Tobacco Industry Shouting about Illicit Trade While Still Complicit in it

Sunday 31 May 2015 A new briefing paper from Action on Smoking and Health, published on World No Tobacco Day (theme: “Stop illicit trade of tobacco products), reports on how the tobacco industry is showing its two faces over the illicit tobacco trade [1]: • It uses the threat of illicit trade to try to […]

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New data shows impact of smoking on hospitals but decline in support to smokers

Friday 29 May 2015 New data published today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre [1] reveals that smoking continues to have a major impact on hospital admissions with 454,700 admission attributable to smoking in 2013/14. However, at the same time support to help smokers to quit has fallen with 800,000 fewer prescriptions for […]

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WTO panel to hear oral arguments on Australia tobacco plain packaging case from 1-5 June 2015

Wednesday 27 May 2015 Next week a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel will hear oral arguments in claims that Australia’s tobacco plain packaging infringes WTO agreements. The hearing will take place at WTO in Geneva June 1-5, 2015. The outcome of this case is being watched worldwide by governments, health organizations and tobacco […]

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Electronic cigarette use among smokers slows as perceptions of harm increase

Friday 22 May 2015 Today Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) publishes new data showing that use of electronic cigarettes has grown over the last year. It is estimated that there are now 2.6 million vapers [1] in Britain. This has grown from an estimated 2.1 million in 2014 but nearly all of this increase […]

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ASH response to PMI’s legal challenge on standardised tobacco packaging

Friday 22 May 2015 Responding to the announcement by Philip Morris International that the company is intending to challenge the UK’s standardised packaging law, ASH’s legal advice is that the measure is compatible with European law and compensation would therefore NOT be due the tobacco industry. A Legal Opinion commissioned by ASH found that standardised […]

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Tobacco Display Ban at the point of sale in small stores Implementation date: 6 April 2015

Thursday 02 April 2015 From Monday 6th April 2015 a ban comes into force on the display of tobacco products at the point of sale in small shops [1] and any other premises selling tobacco (e.g. pubs and clubs) across the UK [2]. It has been illegal since 2012 for large stores, such as supermarkets, […]

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New Government anti-illicit tobacco strategy

Tuesday 24 March 2015 ASH welcomed the Government’s refreshed anti-illicit tobacco strategy launched today. The new strategy had been pre-announced in the Budget, which noted that it would not only protect public finances but also “help meet public health objectives by driving down smoking prevalence.” [1] ASH acknowledges the work done to reduce tobacco smuggling […]

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Department of Health awarded American Cancer Society “Exemplary Leadership” award for tobacco policy achievements

Thursday 19 March 2015 In the week that the standardised tobacco packaging regulations passed into law, the UK Department of Health has been recognised as an International Tobacco Control Leader by the American Cancer Society. During the 2015 Luther L. Terry Awards ceremony at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health taking place in Abu […]

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ASH welcomes Budget proposals to tackle illicit tobacco, disappointed tobacco levy not finalised

Wednesday 18 March 2015 ASH welcomed the package of measures announced in today’s Budget to tackle illicit tobacco but was disappointed that detailed proposals for a levy on the tobacco industry were not included. The expected tobacco duty rise of 2% above inflation has also been welcomed by ASH although the charity is concerned that […]

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Lords Vote for Standardised Cigarette Packs

Monday 16 March 2015 Introduction Expected 20th May 2016 The tobacco industry suffered a “decisive” political defeat today, as the House of Lords joined the House of Commons in voting for the standardised (“plain”) packaging of cigarettes and other tobacco products. The regulations under the Children and Families Act were passed without a division. The […]

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Major victory for public health: MPs vote to introduce standardised cigarette packs on 20th May 2016

Wednesday 11 March 2015 ASH congratulates the MPs who have today demonstrated overwhelming support for standardised tobacco packaging – a measure that will protect children and save lives. 367 MPs voted in favour of the measure with just 113 against, despite intense lobbying by the tobacco industry to sway politicians against the measure. [1] Standardised […]

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Standardised Packaging: Tobacco industry claims for compensation “blown out of the water”

Monday 09 March 2015 On the day MPs are debating the Regulations prior to a vote, a Legal Opinion has been published which concludes that standardised (“plain”) packaging of cigarettes and other tobacco products is compatible with European law, and compensation would therefore NOT be due the tobacco industry. The Opinion [1] was commissioned by […]

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Media Briefing: Standardised Cigarette Packs

Thursday 26 February 2015 Department of Health images: for illustrative purposes only Introduction Monday 2nd March marks the end of the “stand still” period following the notification to the European Commission of the draft regulations.[i] From this date the Regulations can be passed by the UK parliament. Regulations on standardised tobacco packaging were laid before […]

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NHS organisations take stand on smoking

Monday 23 February 2015 Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, was today joined in Parliament by the public health community, Parliamentarians and NHS professionals at the launch of the NHS Statement of Support for Tobacco Control [1]. The NHS Statement, which is endorsed by NHS England, the Public Health Minister, Public Health England and […]

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Government tables regulations to make UK first country in Europe to introduce standardised cigarette packs

Monday 23 February 2015 ASH has warmly welcomed the laying of regulations on standardised tobacco packaging before Parliament. The Government has committed to having a vote in both Houses on the regulations before the next General Election. This marks the closing stages of the long campaign for standardised packs – a policy that has been […]

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