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]

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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.

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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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