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Saturday, 14 January 2012

Well done ASH. You’ve saved me a fortune.


When ASH (Action on smoking and health) bamboozled the last government into bannning smoking in Public houses, this actually was a boon to the likes of me.

Before the ban it meant that I had to drive to my local, spend a fortune on over priced beer, and indulge in talk with people I normally wouldn’t go near. (And for any publicans reading this. You brought it on yourselves when you failed to stand up to the bullies before the ban. It’s no good blaming the supermarkets for selling cheap alcohol. Your customer base has dwindled by letting me and 20% of the population down, by your avarice in expecting your premises to be suddenly filled with non-smokers).

How times have changed. I buy my beer cheaply (And Whisky) and sit quietly at home with friends, enjoying myself. The only downside is that I have to empty the ash trays.

The smoky drinky as coined by Leg-iron has come of age.

I perceive that their next attack will be to try and stop smoking in cars and homes. How are they going to achieve that, you ask?  I for one will not allow any antismoking quisling anywhere near my property. Maybe they’ll try and amend the law to have MOT tests to check  car ashtrays for cigarette traces. Tough shit, ASH, my car doesn’t have an ashtray. Or will they check my wheelie bin? In that case I’ll just chuck my butts in the roadside bin.

Thank you ASH.

Though they’re still sanctimonious cunts in my opinion, they can’t win. Bye the way, I see they’ve lost their government funding. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.


  1. Dave Atherton has posted about it. Plus I've had an email from them last year stating the fact. Reproduced below.

    Dear Mr FE,

    Thank you for your email. ASH does not currently receive funding from the "public purse". All our funding comes from Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.

    We used to receive funding from the Department of Health for very specific parts of our work but this has currently stopped.

    As a charity we are obliged to make our accounts public and they are therefore available from the Charity Commission but also from our website:

    I hope you find this of interest.


    First Floor
    144-145 Shoreditch High Street
    London E1 6JE
    T: 0207 739 5902
    F: 0207 729 4732

    Action on Smoking and Health is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No. 998971. Registered Charity No. 262067. Registered address as above.

  2. Oddly enough,I rarely drink in the house,but have reduced my visits to the pub,and the amount of time spent there,dramatically.
    I too,have been surprised at how much of Publicans money can be spent on E-Bay in the form of 14(yes,I know)shiny guitars,all good makes and investments.Thank you ASH.

  3. Regarding ASH and according to

    "Its 2009/10 accounts show a total income of £935,093, of which:

    * Department of Health: £210,000
    * —
    * Total £210,000 (22.5% of all income)

    The remainder of its income comes from ASH International (part-funded by Pfizer), Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation."

    Someone is telling porkies.(?)

    Interesting that the same site reports: "ASH employs YouGov to conduct its opinion polls. YouGov’s president, Peter Kellner, is a trustee of ASH "

    Apologies if this old news to anyone.

  4. Unusual for you to having a typo in your post FE....

  5. Debs also said in the radio five debate recently on smoking in cars - which Frank transcribed so I hope he got that bit too - that ASH was part funded by the DoH. This was in response to Steven Simon's question on funding.

  6. and what is ASH still doing in the DoH?


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