Public support for tobacco ad ban signals need for strong Government action



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Thursday 11 September 1997

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Press release12 September 1997 ASH
Action on Smoking
and Health

Embargoed until 00.01 hrs, Friday 12 September 1997

Public support for tobacco advertising ban
signals need for strong Government action

The public clearly wants tobacco money out of sport sooner rather than later, says ASH,responding to a Health Education Authority public opinion survey on tobacco advertising.ASH said the survey should help the Government to withstand pressures from the tobaccoindustry to weaken the proposal to ban all tobacco promotion. This survey confirmsprevious findings that have shown overwhelming support for a ban on tobacco advertisingand sponsorship. ASH Director, Clive Bates, said: “The Government should have thecourage of its convictions and ban all tobacco sponsorship, without bending to tobaccoindustry demands to delay and fudge.”

Clive Bates, added: ” People are naturally concerned about sports losing out as aresult of the sponsorship ban. But evidence from other countries shows that sports fansneed not fear an end to tobacco money: many other companies will be eager to takeadvantage of the high profile advertising opportunities previously exploited by thetobacco companies.”

 

ENDS

Note to editors:

Almost twice as many people support a ban on tobacco sponsorship of sport than opposeit. Full details are available from HEA press office: tel. 0171 413 1987.

Countries that have already banned tobacco sponsorship of sport include:

Australia, New Zealand, France, Norway, Finland, Sweden.

 

Contact Clive Bates, Director (020) 7739 5902
Amanda Sandford, Communications Director (020) 7739 5902

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