Shadowy lobbying against Tobacco Products Directive Reply

A guest blog by Andy Rowell, research fellow at the Tobacco Control Research Group, University of Bath, and editor of

  • Landmark TPD debated in Europe this week.
  • Multi-million-pound lobbying campaign inflicted on Brussels by tobacco industry.
  • This week is crunch time in Brussels for public health.



image of young people at conference with '2034' balloons (the target date for a tobacco-free Scotland'

Storify of our Young People’s Conference on 3rd October 2013 Reply

Yesterday, ASH Scotland and our partners at YouthLink Scotland, Youth Scotland, NHS Health Scotland, Children in Scotland, Young Scot, Fast Forward, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, and Urban Fox put on an even at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. Young people and smoking prevention was on the agenda  – can we be ‘tobacco free’ by 2034? Here’s our storify of some of the top tweets of the day…


image of the abstract of the randomised controlled trial comparing e-cigarettes to nicotine patch

E-cigarettes versus Nicotine patches 1

A study from New Zealand (full study text pdf, news report) was published earlier today in the high profile medical journal Lancet which compared the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes to nicotine patches for quitting smoking. It found e-cigarettes ‘…with or without nicotine, were modestly effective at helping smokers to quit, with similar achievement of abstinence as with nicotine patches.’ Let’s take a look at it and see if we can put the results in context… More…

small picture of australian plain tobacco pack with large warnings

Plain packaging – evidence arrives from Australia Reply

Earlier this month, public health Minister Anna Soubry told the Westminster Parliament that plans to implement plain, standardised packaging in the UK were to be put on hold to get more evidence about how things work out in Australia. In response the Scottish Government said it is committed to introducing standardised packaging independently. Some early evidence from Australia has now been published – what does it add?