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Wednesday, 31 May 1989
Page: 3080

Senator GILES —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that-

(i) in both developed and developing countries tobacco companies have targeted adolescent girls and women to offset the decline in the number of male smokers,

(ii) cigarette manufacturers are becoming increasingly creative and ingenious and are not adhering to the spirit of the Cigarette Advertising Code;

(iii) female smokers face reduced fertility, double the likelihood of miscarriage, complications with IUD contraception, increasing risk of carcinoma of the cervix, earlier menopause, and osateoporosis;

(iv) cigarette smoking is a particular hazard for girls in their late teens using oral contraceptives, giving them the risk of suffering heart attack up to 39 times that of non-smokers;

(v) more than 600 West Australian women die each year because they smoke; and

(vi) women's and teenagers' magazines have largely ignored smoking as a serious hazard to health of women of all ages; and

(b) calls upon the proprietors and editors of women's magazines to address this health issue by urgently reviewing advertising and editorial policies, ceasing publishing cigarette advertisements, and generally take some responsibility towards the health of their readership.