Action on Smoking and Health, USPlaintiff
2013 H Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20077-2410. The Executive Director is John Banzhaf III, a professor of law at Georgetown (he got the cigarette commercials off of television.) The phone number is 202-659-4310. He was mentioned as a possible expert by Matt Bars. ASH publishes Smoking and Health Review bulletins. ASH was organized in 1967. ASH compelled airlines to provide nonsmoking sections and ban smoking on virtually all domestic flights. ASH forced broadcasters to provide free time for antismoking messages and caused the first major drop in cigarette consumption ever. ASH drove cigarette commercials off the air entirely, and went to the U.S. Supreme Court to keep them off. ASH convinced major insurance companies to require smokers to bear more of their fair share of the enormous costs of smoking by paying more for health insurance. ASH pressured the federal government into mandating stronger health warnings in cigarette advertisements, banning smoking on public buses and requiring smoke detectors in airplane lavatories. (ASH 5/94). ASH wants to guarantee every nonsmoker the right to breathe unpolluted air in all public places and workplaces, eliminate government subsidies and supports for the tobacco industry, ban all advertising and promotion of tobacco products, prohibit the sale to children under 18 and shift the financial burden of smoking to smokers and the tobacco companies. (ASH 5/94).