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Notice given 25 September 2006

2505  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—

(1) How many Australians lose their lives to fires caused by cigarettes each year.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that in March 2005, Australia’s fire chiefs and all state emergency services ministers unanimously called for the fast tracking of reduced-ignition propensity (RIP) cigarettes legislation.

(3) Have any of the three major tobacco companies operating in Australia voluntarily introduced RIP cigarettes.

(4) (a) Are consumer safety standards for cigarettes routinely set to laboratory standardised conditions; and (b) does this include testing for tar and nicotine yields.

(5) What is the timeframe for further action now that Standards Australia has released the draft standard, Determination of the extinction propensity of cigarettes .