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Thursday, 14 October 1971
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Mr Kennedy asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

When may 1 expect an answer to question No. 2550 which I placed on the Notice Paper on 17th February 1971.


Mr Swartz - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The answer to Question No. 2550 was published in Hansard on 16th September 1971.

Smoking and Health (Question No. 4082)

Or Everingham asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Minister's attention been drawn to the June Newsletter of the Australian Council on Smoking and Health.

(2)   If so, does it quote estimates indicating that 11 in every 40 deaths in Britain due to smoking are estimated to occur between the ages of 35 and 65 years.

(3)   Can the Minister say whether this mortality and the associated morbidity represent an economic loss comparable to the revenue earned by taxes on tobacco products.


Mr Swartz - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The newsletter quotes an estimate made by the Royal College of Physicians that there is an annual death toll in Great Britain of 27,500 men and women, aged 35-65, from the 'burning of tobacco', which figure is considerably less than the overall figure given by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Sir George Godber, of 100,000 deaths annually. This latter figure includes all young smokers and those over 65 whose life has been shortened by smoking.

(3)   It would not be feasible for me to calculate from the College's estimate of deaths, the economic loss associated with mortality and morbidity due to smoking in Great Britain.







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