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Thursday, 1 June 1972
Page: 2445

Senator NEGUS (Western Australia) - I might be out of order, but I am opposed to both of the proposed warnings because during my campaign on death taxes I found that the shorter the wording put on the screen, the better the impact.

Senator Cavanagh - What would you suggest, instead?

Senator NEGUS - I would suggest that on the screen appear the warning "cigarette smoking is dangerous to health' or, alternatively, 'If you want to die smoke cigarettes' and nothing else. I am in an unusual position because many years ago I had a very dangerous medical condition and I was told by my doctor, who was a specialist on the subject, to smoke because it would help my condition. When my wife was alive she told me many times that she had seen films of what smoking does to people's lungs. I also know that people can smoke without doing the drawback and this would not affect their lungs. I know that in the past many other things have been blamed for causing cancer. I think the first thing to be blamed was canned food but now we all eat canned food as though there is nothing wrong with it. But I really feel - if I had time I would move an amendment - that the warning should not contain any reference to health authorities and that if the simple statement Cigarette smoking is dangerous to health' appeared on the screen then people would have time to read it.

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