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Wednesday, 27 May 1987
Page: 3453

(Question No. 4902)

Mr Tickner asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 14 November 1986:

(1) Has the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommended that all forms of smokeless tobacco be listed as prohibited imports.

(2) Will action be taken to implement the recommendations of the NHMRC in this matter; if so, when.

Dr Blewett —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) In recognition of the harm to health from use of these products, I have recommended to the Attorney-General that a ban on oral snuff and chewing tobacco manufactured in, or imported into, Australia should be introduced under the Trade Practices Act as from 30 September 1987. At the request of the Minister Assisting the Attorney-General for Consumer Affairs, the matter of whether the ban should include nasal snuff was discussed at the Australian Health Ministers' Conference on 13-14 April 1987. It was agreed that urgent advice be sought from the National Health and Medical Research Council on whether the scientific evidence on the harm to health from use of nasal snuff is such that it warrants inclusion in the ban. I understand that nasal snuff can be included in the ban at a later date, if this is deemed necessary.