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Wednesday, 31 May 1989
Page: 3171

Senator REID(7.30) —Today was a day nominated by the World Health Organisation as the second World No-Tobacco Day. This year's theme is `The Female Smoker at Added Risk'. A number of Australian Capital Territory health organisations combined to publicise the day in Canberra and they visited Parliament House at lunchtime today. They were led by Geraldine Spencer, who is the editor of the newsletter Ashes to Dust put out by Canberra Action on Smoking and Health Inc. (ASH). Senator Giles, Senator Vallentine and I went to the front of the building and accepted a cardboard cigarette, of large proportion, banded in red to indicate that it was for the Senate. A member of the House of Representatives accepted a similar one with a green band for presentation in the House of Representatives. The petition inside was beautifully presented. I undertook to present the petition to the Senate. It has only a few signatures, but I will refer to the organisations involved. They are the National Heart Foundation, the Australian Capital Territory Alcohol and Drug Service, the Coordinator for Women's Health Services in the ACT, ACT Life Be In It, the President of Canberra ASH Inc., the Executive Officer of the Australian Capital Territory Cancer Society, and the Quit Smoking Cessation Service. I seek leave to incorporate the terms of the petition in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The petition read as follows-




To the Honourable President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled

On behalf of our members and supporters, we the undersigned, RECOGNISING that the Second World No-Tobacco Day, which is being held on Wednesday 31 May 1989 has been dedicated to women; that women and adolescent girls have been targeted by the tobacco industry to offset the loss of male smokers; and that women suffer as smokers and as passive smokers.

ASK that you do all in your power to lift the burden of tobacco from feminine victims.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Senator REID —I was going to table the cylinder in which it came but I have decided against it. In addition, the World Health Organisation put out a pamphlet which certainly should be read by all women smokers. It deals with the rising number of women who have contracted diseases arising from smoking and the increasing number of women who have taken up smoking. It deals with diseases that can arise from smoking: cancer, lowered fertility, foetal damage, risks to children, cardiovascular disease and, of course, osteoporosis and premature ageing. It also deals with why women smoke, and other matters. The pamphlet is worth reading. I seek leave to table that document.

Leave granted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senate adjourned at 7.34 p.m.