Press Releases



Health groups renew call for tobacco levy & tax rises in 2016 Budget

11 March 2016.  In a joint submission to the Chancellor in advance of next week’s Budget, ASH and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies are calling for a sustained increase in tobacco taxes together with a levy on the tobacco industry to be used to help people stop smoking and discourage uptake. [1] […]

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ASH comment on smoking in prisons Court of Appeal ruling

08 March 2016.  The Court of Appeal has upheld an appeal by the Government against a High Court ruling which stated that the smokefree law introduced in 2007 covered all public places and all workplaces including the prison estate. However, the Government remains committed to rolling out its plans for smokefree prisons. Deborah Arnott, Chief […]

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Australian government report confirms standardised plain packaging works

26 February 2016.  The Australian Government has today released a comprehensive report confirming that the plain packaging of tobacco is responsible for one quarter of the decline in smoking in Australia over the last three years. [1] The findings of the post-implementation review reflect those of the authoritative independent inquiry by Sir Cyril Chantler which […]

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GB smoking rates stalling: need for more investment in tobacco control

18 February 2016.  Statistics released today suggest that the decline in smoking among adults in Great Britain may be stalling, particularly among women.  Overall, in 2014 19% of adults were smokers, the same figure as in 2013. While rates fell among men, there was no change among women. The survey also included data on use […]

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Statement in support of Smokefree Southwest

05 February 2016.  ASH is saddened to hear that the future of the regional tobacco control group, Smokefree Southwest is now in doubt due to cuts in funding. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health has written to the Health Select Committee and to the local authorities that have provided funding to the […]

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Young people demand the return of “blood money” at Imperial Tobacco AGM

Wednesday 03 February 2016 Today a group of young people and public health advocates demonstrated outside the Imperial Tobacco’s AGM. Dressed as Count and Countess Tobacula and other vampires, they were protesting against the huge profits of the industry and calling on the company to return “blood money” to society. Imperial Tobacco, the fourth largest […]

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ASH backs call to make tobacco companies pay for the damage they do

Tuesday 26 January 2016 ASH, together with more than 120 health organisations, is backing Cancer Research UK’s call to make tobacco companies ‘Cough Up’ for the harm they cause to millions of UK citizens, and to help prevent further death and disease. A proposal to impose a levy on the tobacco industry to pay for […]

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