Press Releases

OFT investigation highlights tobacco industry hypocrisy

Friday 25 April 2008 Today’s allegation by the Office of Fair Trading that British tobacco companies have been involved in a price cartel follows a recent study conducted for ASH showing that the tobacco prices have risen considerably higher than inflation in recent years due to tobacco industry price increases. [1] For example, in the […]

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ASH welcomes announcement on new government anti-smuggling strategy but tax rise not high enough.

Thursday 13 March 2008 ASH welcomed the announcement following today’s Budget that the new UK Border Agency will publish a comprehensive tobacco smuggling strategy. This is one of the key points raised by ASH when the charity met with the Treasury Minister, Angela Eagle, earlier this year on behalf of 22 public health organisations. [1] […]

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Health groups call on Chancellor to prioritise anti-tobacco smuggling measures and sign EU-wide agreements

Wednesday 20 February 2008 On behalf of 22 health groups, ASH will be meeting the Exchequer Secretary, Angela Eagle today to present plans on tackling smuggling and raising tobacco taxes, ahead of the forthcoming Budget. [1] ASH and more than 20 other health groups are calling on the Chancellor to: • Re-introduce the real price […]

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Tobacco smuggling treaty holds the key to big cut in smoking deaths.

Friday 08 February 2008 On 11 February, representatives from more than 150 countries will meet in Geneva to begin negotiations on an historic international treaty to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products. Delegates will be aiming to have a meaningful treaty adopted by 2010. A commentary explaining the importance of this treaty is published […]

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Smoking rates declining but more still needs to be done to drive down rates further.

Tuesday 22 January 2008 The latest Government data released today show that smoking rates among British adults declined by 2% overall between 2005 and 2006, from 24% to 22%. [1] Among routine and manual groups smoking prevalence also fell by 2% from 31% in 2005 to 29% in 2006. Although the overall number of cigarettes […]

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