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Committee to investigate tobacco industry and the cost of tobacco-related illness



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ME DI A R

THE SENATE

COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE TOBACCO INDUSTRY AND THE COSTS OF TOBACCO-RELATED ILLNESS ~ “

chs·^- The Senate Community Affairs References Committee will be holding the third of its public hearings on its inquiry into the tobacco industry and the costs of tobacco- related illness. The hearing will be held on Friday, 3 February 1995 in Senate Committee Room 2S3, Parliament House, Canberra. A program for the hearing is attached. The hearing will provide an opportunity to hear the views of such organisations as the Australian Medical Association and the National Heart Foundation as well as tobacco industry groups.The Committee Chairman, Senator John Herron (Lib, Qld) said, 'the inquiry will review the current level of regulation m the areas of manufacture, advertising, promotion and the sale of tobacco products'. 'The other major focus of the inquiry,'said Senator Herron, 'is the cost of tobacco-related illness to the Australian community and the adequacy of existing mechanisms for recouping those costs'.The Committee considers that the inquiry is timely given that the latest statistics show that some 18 000 Australians die each year from tobacco-related causes. Senator Herron said the Committee would look at the relationship between smoking and lung cancer and other diseases and also the issues of passive smoking, teenage smoking, and the effects of labelling of tobacco products. The Committee will be examining and reporting on the role of the Commonwealth and State and Territory governments in tobacco production, crop substitution, manufacture and export, and in the development and implementation of health strategies.'The Committee has received over 60 submissions to date from across the country and from a wide variety of groups and individuals, including tobacco companies and anti-smoking groups', said Senator Herron. 'This reflects the considerable interest in the wider community on these important issues related to smoking and health '. said Senator Herron.The Committee will be holding further public hearings on the tobacco inquiry in Sydney on 10 February and in Cairns on 22 February. Further information on these hearings and other aspects of the inquiry can be obtained from the Secretary, Senate Community Affairs References Committee on telephone (06) 277 3515.

SENATE COMMUNITY AFFAIRS REFERENCES COMMITTEE

Inquiry into

TOBACCO INDUSTRY AND THE COSTS OF TOBACCO-RELATED ILLNESS

FRIDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 1995

Venue: Senate Committee Room 2S3 Parliament House CANBERRA

PROGRAM

9.00 am - 9.45 am National Heart Foundation (NHF)

- Mr Peter Wallace, Chief Executive Officer

- Dr Paul Magnus, Medical Director, NHF and Chairman, National Smoking & Heart Disease Advisory Committee

- Professor Konrad Jamrozik, Member, National Smoking & Heart Disease Advisory Committee

9.45 am -10.45 am International Union Against Cancer (UICC)

- Dr Harley J. Stanton, Chairman, UICC Tobacco and Cancer Program

10.45 am -11.00 am Morning Tea

11.00 am - 11.40 am N S W C a n c e r C o u n c i l , A u s t r a l i a n

Consumers'Association and the Public Health Association of Australia

- Professor Simon Chapman, Professor of Community Medicine, University of Sydney

11.40 am - 12.20 pm ACT Government

- Mr Martin Berkley, Director, Alcohol and Drug Service, ACT Department of Health

- Ms Margo Goodin, Senior Tobacco Policy Officer, Alcohol and Drug Service, ACT Department of Health

12.20 pm -1.30 pm Lunch

1.30 pm - 2.15 pm Australian Medical Association

- Dr Brendan Nelson, Federal President

- Mr Rohan Greenland, Director, Public Relations

- Dr Susanne Benjamin, Public Health Registrar

- Mr Phillip Taylor, Acting Director, Health Services

2.15 pm - 3.00 pm Australian Council on Smoking and Health

- Dr Arthur W Musk, President

3.00 pm - 3.30 pm Tobacco Institute of Australia

- Ms Donna Staunton, Chief Executive Officer

3.30 pm - 4.15 pm Philip Morris (Australia) Ltd.

- Mr David Davies, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Philip Morris Group

- Mr Henry Goldberg, Managing Director

- Mr Stewart Mallinson, Director, Marketing, Sales & Distribution

- Mr John Scott, Director, Operations