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New ASH report out on Monday

I am currently reading a pretty outrageous report by ASH. It's embargoed until Monday however and convention has it that press embargoes should not be broken, although they frequently are, sometimes with the tacit approval of the organisation that set the embargo in the first place.

Meanwhile the rest of us stick to the gentlemen's agreement not to say anything ... even when we're featured (or getting a drubbing) in the report concerned.

Anyway, in my hands is a piece of hypocritical junk that casts aspersions about a number of groups and individuals and I can't say anything about it until 00.01hrs Monday morning.

Believe me, when that hour arrives I'll be blasting from both barrels.

Reader Comments (13)

This is really no surprise. Previously stated 'evidence' by the likes of ASH now falling short, they resort to trying to shoot the messenger.

Both your barrels, Simon, should be directed at those willing to listen to this, undoubted, potential garbage. Good luck on the 3rd.

May 29, 2010 at 8:51 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

It isn't difficult to imagine how lacking in integrity this report will be.

May 29, 2010 at 10:51 | Unregistered CommenterChris F J Cyrnik

Well at least you have the time to ready a response. I'll be watching the news closely for all those reports that'll treat the ASH propagnda as fact. The BBC will, They are one of the worst offenders of the trait 'science by press release'.

May 29, 2010 at 11:46 | Unregistered CommenterMark Butcher

I think ASH are in a bit of a quandary at the moment. There is no economic justification to continue being funded by the taxpayer. I did not catch it myelf, but Deborah Arnott has been touring the TV studios making the case for not cutting stop smoking funding. Nick Clegg's Great Repeal Bill the smoking has been among the most mentioned, for example on John Redwood and Tom Harris' blog. The junk science gets more extreme and no one believes them.

So if the message is not getting across lets start getting personal with people who oppose you.

I shall look forward to the debate.

May 29, 2010 at 13:37 | Unregistered CommenterDave Atherton

I look forward to ASH's statement, If this is going to be as bad as you imply there will be some very heavy ordinance flying around.

I respectly suggest you trade in your 'virtual shotgun' get a 'virtual .50 cal machine gun and a .357 magnum' for close in work! You will need them but whatever the weapon of choice give them hell.

May 29, 2010 at 19:11 | Unregistered Commentersoapy

I think ASH is very worried about their future taxpayer funding. With the current economic climate, there is absolutely no way they are going to be able to justify their funding. I suspect also that the NHS TV advertising campaigns for "quit smoking" will very shortly diminish as the cuts bite.

I, for one, will not shed one tear when these taxpayer-funded wasters start receiving their P45s. They have made life a misery for millions of smokers with their bigoted and baseless propaganda - good riddance Arnott and company!!

May 29, 2010 at 20:04 | Unregistered CommenterBill C

This may have stirred them up a bit:-

May 29, 2010 at 21:07 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is probably why it is embargoed until tomorrow.

I got this from the Globalink website.

World no tobacco day: This year's theme for World Tobacco Day, which takes place annually on 31 May, is "Tobacco Health Warnings". The UICC is calling on its members to mobilize for this day and help increase tobacco control around the world. The WHO has already made a variety of resources available online for download to help promote the initiative, including: posters, banners, brochures, flyers, press materials and print ads

May 29, 2010 at 21:20 | Unregistered CommenterEddie D

ASH have done their biggest job now, anything else they 'lobby' is minute by comprison. The next 'big one' is in the future, 'lobbying' to make tobacco an illegal drug, but it is not a very 'forseeable future' because tobacco users need to drop below 10% at least, and it just won't shift from over 20%.

They are beginning to throw s..t. We all know what happens when s..t hits the fan.

May 29, 2010 at 22:57 | Unregistered Commentertimbone

Dear Deborah -

We all look forward immensely to your forthcoming essay about Nasty Tobacco, and I'm sure it'll be a model of common sense, moderation, and well-argued objectivity.

But please make it the LAST one.

I think, Dear, that most of us grown-ups have got the message now, don't you ?

And I'd hate it if people started to think of you as a pugnacious old bore who doesn't know when to quit (if you'll forgive me for using one of your favourite verbs).

It's a horrible thought, I know - but not everyone is as tolerant as you and I.

Perhaps it's time to think about something new: like retirement.

Believe me, there are probably thousands who would chip in for your Leaving Bash.

And then you could devote all your talents to something REALLY creative and life-enhancing.

Like the Perfect Strawberry Jam Recipe.

Why, you might even get a return invitation from that nice Mr Titchmarsh.

At any rate, please DO think about it.

May 30, 2010 at 12:35 | Unregistered CommenterArnott Fan

Get a real job Arnott.
Then get a life.

May 30, 2010 at 18:01 | Unregistered CommenterSpecky

ASH are just a speck of " Particulate Matter " on the festering sore that is GLOBAL TOBACCO CONTROL.

The UN, World Bank, WHO, and the IMF are the Organ Grinders, expose their corruption, vested interests and downright lies and GLOBAL TOBACCO CONTROL will crumble taking ASH with them.

May 30, 2010 at 23:00 | Unregistered CommenterEddie D

The time for the embargo has passed, I thought Forest would heve arranged for an immediate update on the content?

May 31, 2010 at 0:12 | Unregistered CommenterEddie D

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