Tobacco ad ban would create new jobs

Wednesday 21 January 1998

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Press release21 January 1998 ASH
Action on Smoking
and Health

Tobacco advertising ban would create new jobs

The Tobacco Workers’ Alliance is claiming today that jobswill be lost if a ban on tobacco advertising ban is enacted. However, ASH has researchwhich shows that far from losing jobs, up to 15,000 jobs would be created followinga ban on tobacco advertising.

ASH Director, Clive Bates said: “Banning advertising will createjobs. By spending money on consumer products other than cigarettes, ex-smokers will becreating jobs in the rest of the economy. At first sight it seems strange, but a ban ontobacco advertising could create 15,000 jobs”.

“Most jobs in tobacco have gone as a result of automation over thelast 30 years. The real job cutters are the tobacco companies”

“So much for the myth that advertising doesn’t increaseconsumption. These workers know that advertising is there to keep the factories busy byboosting the consumption of cigarettes.”


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

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