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Permanent ban on smokeless tabacco



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MINISTER FOR JUSTICE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

The Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs, Senator Michael Tate, today announced his intention to place a permanent ban on the supply of chewing tobacco and oral snuff in Australia.

'The National Health and Medical Research Council evaluated the available evidence and found that oral use of smokeless tobacco products causes cancers of the head and neck, and other diseases of the mouth and gums.

1 On the basis of this evidence the Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services, Peter Staples, supports the introduction of a permanent ban on oral smokeless tobacco products', Senator Tate said.

The Minister said the decision was also supported by information from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the Advisory Committee to the US Surgeon General stating that users of oral smokeless tobacco products have greatly increased risks of contracting oral cancers.

The ban would conform with the World Health Organisation's recommendation for a global ban on these products, and follows the lapse of the temporary ban introduced under the Trade Practices Act in 1989.

Released by Adrian Wild - (06) 277 7260

SENATOR MICHAEL TATE

17 April 1991

PERMANENT BAN ON SMOKELESS TOBACCO

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