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Notice given 4 February 2003

1149  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) To what extent is the Minister aware that tobacco companies, including Philip Morris Ltd and British American Tobacco, are now producing self-extinguishing cigarettes.

(2) What information is there regarding the technology involved with the production of self-extinguishing cigarettes.

(3) If the Minister is aware of the existence of self-extinguishing cigarettes, does the Minister plan to adopt a national standard for self-extinguishing cigarettes; if not, why not.

(4) If the Minister is not aware of such a product will the Minister look into the viability of self-extinguishing cigarettes in Australia.