Press Releases



World Bank cites UK as example of how tobacco taxes can be used to increase government revenues and improve public health

A major new World Bank report launched today in Thailand [1] puts paid to the tobacco industry argument that when governments raise tobacco taxes it increases the illicit trade in tobacco, damaging government revenues and public health. To quote the report, “Countries as different in levels of economic and institutional development as the United Kingdom, […]

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Comment on NHS England press release: NHS plan will help problem drinkers and smokers

4 January 2019 Please find below the press release from NHS England about the dedicated help for smokers to quit included in the NHS Long Term Plan and quotes about this commitment from Paul Burstow co-chair of the Mental Health & Smoking Partnership and Dr Clea Harmer, co-chair of the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group. […]

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Baby charity lead appointed as Co-Chair of smoking in pregnancy coalition

30 November 2018 Baby charity lead appointed as Co-Chair of smoking in pregnancy coalition The Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group is pleased to welcome Dr Clea Harmer [1], Chief Executive of Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, to the role of Co-Chair. She is taking over from Francine Bates [2] who, along with Professor […]

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Reaching smokers where they live: next steps in the journey towards the Government’s vision of a smokefree generation

Reaching smokers where they live: next steps in the journey towards the Government’s vision of a smokefree generation 20 November 2018 A new report [1], published today [Tuesday 20th November] by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and launched at a joint event in Parliament between the APPG on Healthy Homes and Buildings and the […]

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ASH comment on Royal College of Physicians press release

14 November 2018 ASH comment on Royal College of Physicians press release Please find below an embargoed press release from the Royal College of Physicians with an additional quote from Deborah Arnott, chief executive of ASH, one of the co-signatories of the letter to Simon Stevens being published tomorrow in the British Medical Journal: Additional […]

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ASH comment on Budget: Missed opportunity

29 October 2018 ASH comment on Budget: Missed opportunity   Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is pleased to see that the minimum excise tax (MET) on cigarettes has been uprated from £5.60 to £5.88 in the Budget today. [1] Increasing the MET raises the price of the cheapest cigarettes and discourages smokers switching to […]

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New report from the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC demonstrates how the tobacco industry destroys the environment and undermines sustainable development

26 September 2018 New report from the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC demonstrates how the tobacco industry destroys the environment and undermines sustainable development The devastating impact that the tobacco industry has on human health is well known – tobacco use kills about 7 million people each year. However, a new report published today outlines […]

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ASH comment on Public Health England’s launch of Stoptober

19 September 2018 ASH comment on Public Health England’s launch of Stoptober Responding to the launch of Stoptober, Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH said: “There are almost as many different ways of quitting as there are smokers, but to succeed smokers need motivation. ASH is delighted to see Stoptober is back, with a new […]

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New data shows smokers are getting the message on e-cigarettes

14 September 2018 New data shows smokers are getting the message on e-cigarettes Findings from a new survey [1] for Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) published today show that GB smokers are getting the message that switching to vaping can improve their health. YouGov surveyed over 12,000 adults for ASH, with a further analysis […]

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Charity welcomes MPs call for Government to maximise the potential from e-cigarettes

17 August 2018 Charity welcomes MPs call for Government to maximise the potential from e-cigarettes Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) today welcomes the recommendations of the Science and Technology Select Committee [1] to maximise the potential for e-cigarettes to help smokers quit. The call for an improved process to speed up the licensing of […]

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Coalition welcomes MPs recommendations on e-cigarettes

16 August 2018 Mental health coalition welcomes MPs recommendations on e-cigarettes The Mental Health & Smoking Partnership [1] today welcomes The Science and Technology Committee’s recommendation [2] that mental health services should better integrate e-cigarettes into care for patients. The Partnership provided evidence to the Committee [3] on the significant inequality in smoking rates between […]

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New Government data shows urgent need for more investment in treatment for smokers

16 August 2018 New Government data shows urgent need for more investment in treatment for smokers Today NHS Digital [1] have published annually released data on the numbers of smokers supported to quit by local authority stop smoking services. Once again, numbers are down and five local authorities around the country no longer provide any […]

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New ASH data reveals that youth use of e-cigarettes in Great Britain is very low 

16 August 2018 New ASH data reveals that youth use of e-cigarettes in Great Britain is very low  Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) today published new data which finds that youth (11-18 year-old) use of e-cigarettes in Great Britain is rare and largely confined to those that already smoke tobacco cigarettes [1]. The findings […]

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Response to new research on smoking on TV

13 August 2018 Response to new research on smoking on TV New study publish today in the journal Tobacco Control [1] finds the smoking content on TV is unchanged from 2010 levels [2]. The research from the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS) shows the smoking remains common across prime time viewing and […]

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Health charities welcome improvements in reducing stillbirths but say consistent approach is needed

30 July 2018 Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group news release Health charities welcome improvements in reducing stillbirths but say consistent approach is needed The Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group [1] a coalition of health organisations, today welcome news from NHS England [2] that progress has been made to reduce the number of stillbirths through implementing […]

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