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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

70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 10 is international Human Rights Day, in observation of the day that the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This landmark document set out, for the first time, the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being. It’s also the world’s


FDA wants to ban menthol cigarettes. Why not all cigarettes?

Media Contact: Megan Arendt arendtm@ash.org (202) 659 – 4310 WASHINGTON, DC – November 15, 2018 – This week FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced his intention to begin the process for banning the sale of menthol cigarettes. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) applauds this move. Menthol was left out of

Sign on Letter to the President of the Swiss Confederation

Read the sign on letter from 113 signatory organizations here. Photos for Media Use from Press Conference here. View Press Conference powerpoint. Overview of Press Conference Pascal Diethelm (President, Oxy-Suisse) – The new Swiss tobacco control law will change nothing. The draft law is not compatible with the FCTC. Because of

WTO Panel Puts Health Ahead of Tobacco Industry Profits

Landmark case gives governments more discretion in health policies Contact: Megan Arendt, (202) 659 – 4310 Statement of Laurent Huber, Executive Director, Action on Smoking & Health WASHINGTON, DC – June 28, 2018 – In a long-awaited and welcome decision, today the World Trade Organization (WTO) found in favor of

A World Without Tobacco Deaths

Statement from Executive Director Laurent Huber Contact: Megan Arendt, (202) 659 – 4310 WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 30, 2018 – Tomorrow is World No Tobacco Day, a day when we remind ourselves of the epidemic of disease and death that the tobacco industry continues to cause. The vision of a

Cape Town Declaration on Human Rights and a Tobacco-Free World

Tobacco is increasingly being recognized globally as a human rights challenge. This is reflected by the Cape Town Declaration on Human Rights being adopted by the World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH), the International Conference of the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP), and the Asia Pacific

Dutch Prosecutor Rejects Tobacco Criminal Case; Many Arguments for Appeal Exist

Statement of Laurent Huber, Executive Director of Action on Smoking and Health WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 22, 2018 – We are disappointed in the Dutch Public Prosecution Service’s (DPPS) decision not to file criminal charges against the tobacco industry. We congratulate the efforts of our colleagues at Sick of Smoking, 

Let’s Get Rid of Cigarettes

A World Where Cigarettes are No Longer Sold for Profit is Within Reach Contact: Megan Arendt, (202) 659 – 4310 WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 6, 2017 – Cigarettes are the only consumer good that kills when used as their manufacturer intends. This has become normal in our society, but it shouldn’t

Keynote from Sharon Eubanks at ASH’s 50th Anniversary Event

Friends, Deputy Chief Baluga: It is an honor to be asked to say a few words on the occasion of ASH’s 50th Anniversary.  Over the past 50 years, ASH has played a significant role in the war on smoking, from its beginnings, with John Banzhaf’s FCC petition leading to free

Report on 50 Years

Contact: Megan Arendt (202) 659 – 4310 arendtm@ash.org A Future with ZERO Tobacco Deaths ASH Releases Report on 50 Years of Fighting WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 26, 2017 – To commemorate 50 years since its formation, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) released a brief report, Action on Smoking and

Statement from ASH Executive Director Laurent Huber on new PMI Foundation

On September 13, a new chapter in the struggle against tobacco began with a surprise announcement. Philip Morris International, a multinational giant and marketer of Marlboro, the world’s most popular cigarette brand, has committed itself to fund a new entity, the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, with just shy of

2016 Annual Report

ASH recognizes Big Tobacco as the vector of the tobacco epidemic, and we work on several fronts to counter attack their deadly products. Read our 2016 Annual Report about how our programs progressed in 2016 and our way forward.

Tobacco Production, Marketing Violate Basic Human Rights

Action on Smoking and Health and Unfairtobacco agree with the Danish Institute of Human Rights (DIHR) that Philip Morris International (PMI) should cease “the production and marketing of tobacco.” Read the sign-on letter to PMI that followed this announcement, where 123 organizations in 40+ countries call on Philip Morris International to immediately cease