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ASH Discusses Proposed D.C. Ban on the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products

On January 2, 2020, ASH staff Liz Furgurson and Chris Bostic (pictured above, second from the right) attended a public hearing of the DC City Council Judiciary and Public Safety  Committee, which is considering a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products. Watch the recording here. Both gave formal

Tobacco 21 is a victory but the war isn’t over

Tobacco 21 is a victory but the war isn’t over In the last two weeks of 2019, as part of its spending bill Congress raised the national minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21. This is a big score. Studies show that raising the age to 21 reduces smoking.


ASH’s Accomplishments in 2019

ASH has a three-pronged approach to end the tobacco epidemic. Each program can end the tobacco epidemic on its own, and combined, our programs will chip away at the tobacco industry from every angle to speed up the end of tobacco-related deaths. We’ve broken down our success in each program,

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ASH’s Human Rights Work in Japan

ASH has been working tirelessly to use human rights tools to advance health around the world. Recently, we were invited to bring this work to Japan. While Japan joined the global tobacco treaty (the WHO Framework Conventional on Tobacco Control) in 2004, it is failing to adequately protect the health

Statement from Action on Smoking & Health Regarding ILO Decision on Tobacco Funding

Yesterday, October 31st, ASH joined several international groups in calling on the International Labor Organization (ILO) to reject funding from the tobacco industry. Read our joint letter here. Today, October 31st, the ILO joined most other multilateral bodies in ostracizing the tobacco industry by voting to reject tobacco industry funding.

Groups Call on ILO to Reject Tobacco Funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Groups Call on ILO to Reject Tobacco Funding Bangkok (30 October, 2019)— Global public health groups called on the ILO Governing Body to reject tobacco donations and tap tobacco taxes as funding source; as well as to espouse strict regulations on labor standards in order to eliminate

New Report Highlights Tobacco Industry Meddling to Weaken Public Health Policy

Media Contact: Megan Arendt arendtm@ash.org (202) 390 – 9513 New Report Highlights Tobacco Industry Meddling to Weaken Public Health Policy The Tobacco (Including Vaping) Industry Cannot be a Stakeholder in Regulating its Products WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 9, 2019 – U.S. Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2019, a report published by

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ASH at the 2019 Human Rights Council

ASH staff recently spent time in Geneva, Switzerland to attend the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The UN Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the world. Several of those

Joint Letter to the United Nations Secretary-General

Secretary General António Guterres                                                                                                     19 July 2019 United Nations, S-233 New York, NY 10027   Dear Secretary General Guterres, RE: The role of the tobacco industry in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development We are writing to you regarding a note on the role of the tobacco industry in the

Beverly Hills, CA is the New Norm for Tobacco Sales, Not the Outlier

Beverly Hills, CA is the New Norm for Tobacco Sales, Not the Outlier Ban on Tobacco Sales in Beverly Hills Passed with Unanimous Support WASHINGTON, DC – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2019 – Late last night, the Beverly Hills City Council unanimously voted to ban the sale of tobacco products in

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Media Advisory: What’s Menthol Got to Do with It? Everything (Still)!

Carol McGruder, Co-Chair, African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council “For every black man murdered, there are 6-8 dying of tobacco diseases.” “We can’t wait until what’s happening with police brutality is solved to address thousands dying from cigarettes.”             Dr. Phillip Gardiner, Co-Chair, African American

Bucharest Declaration on Human Rights and a Tobacco-Free Europe

This Resolution came out of discussions that began at the Global Forum on Human Rights and a Tobacco-Free World on March 26, 2019 in Bucharest, Romania and continued at the annual European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention’s conference in Bucharest that week. Watch ASH’s video recap of the historic

Global Forum on Human Rights and a Tobacco-Free World

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis speaking at the Forum This unique and historic event brought together global leaders in human rights and public health to discuss ways to advance worldwide efforts to combat the tobacco epidemic. Learn more about this issue by reading our Primer. “Banning smoking in closed public spaces

No Legal Right to Smoke

In our work, we spend a lot of time arguing for people’s rights. The right to be free from targeted advertising by the tobacco industry. The right to access cessation products. The right to be free from second hand smoke. The right to be free of addiction. We are also

Update: Dutch Criminal Case Against Tobacco Industry

In September 2016, lawyer Benedicte Ficq filed a criminal case with the Dutch Public Prosecutor, alleging that four tobacco manufacturers were guilty of attempted murder, manslaughter, premeditated attempts to cause grievous bodily harm, premeditated attempts to cause damage to health and fraud. Over the course of the next two years,

Statement on Hawaii Phasing Out Cigarette Sales

Statement from ASH Executive Director Laurent Huber Monday, February 4, 2019 ASH fully supports Hawaii’s proposal to phase cigarettes out of the Hawaiian market by 2024.  Cigarettes are highly engineered nicotine delivery devices designed to be as addictive as possible, and as a result, they kill half of their long term

Why I Fight – Pete Gachot

I figured out the hard way that tobacco is the BIG LIE of our times. Both my parents smoked, as did their parents, and many of my friends. It would have been socially advantageous for me to smoke, and I actually did try, but got miserably sick from my efforts.

Recap of ASH’s progress in 2018

We hope you’ve had a healthy and happy 2018. Here at ASH, it’s been a productive year. One thing we are very proud of is how much our small staff of 6 people accomplishes. We wanted to share with you some of our achievements this year and the fantastic team