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Thursday, 8 April 1965

Senator CANT (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister rep resenting the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact, as reported in the Press, that the Government of the United Kingdom intends to prohibit cigarette advertising on television and that the Government of the United States of America intends to watch the results of this policy?

2.   Is this action being taken because of the alleged connection between cigarette smoking and lung cancer and the use of sport, athletics and sex for the purpose of advertising cigarettes?

3.   Does the Government, on the advice of its medical advisers, agree that there is a connection between cigarette smoking and lung cancer?

4.   Does the Government make available the daily reports of the Meteorological Branch to the manufacturers of Edinburgh cigarettes or the manufacturers of any other brand of cigarettes for use on television and/ or radio, and are these daily reports used in association with cigarette advertising depicting sporting and athletic events and sex?

5.   Are these daily reports made available to the said manufacturers free of charge; if not, what is the amount charged?

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