Deborah Arnott

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Positions held

  • 1998 - 1998 - Head of Consumer Education at the Financial Services Authority [1]
  • ? - ? - Chief Executive of ASH [2]



Rio Ferdinand - 17 June 2012

Where Ms. Arnott purposefully, and with malice aforethought, misleads by suggesting that because one part of a company produces tobacco products, that company cannot advertise (in the UK) their non-tobacco parts of their business.

The England and Manchester United footballer features in billboard advertisements and YouTube videos in Indonesia that promote Gudang Garam International's internet-based sports channel, Intersport.

But the company is one of Indonesia's largest tobacco firms and its cigarettes, flavoured with spices such as cloves and cinnamon,, are popular with children.

A spokesman for Ferdinand, who supports the global children's charity Unicef, insisted that the footballer, who does not smoke, was advertising the sports channel and not tobacco.


Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the anti-smoking group Ash, said sponsorship deals such as this were banned in the UK because of concerns that they promoted cigarettes to young people. [3]

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