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Wednesday, 18 May 1960

Dr Donald Cameron (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - PerhapsI should first of all remind the House that the National Health and Medical Research Council has been set up to advise, not only the Commonwealth Government, but all State governments. It has considered the relationship between smoking and lung cancer on several occasions. At its meeting in Canberra last week it again considered this question and expressed the opinion that there was strong contributory causal relationship between cigarette smoking and lung cancer. Perhaps it is fair to say that some authorities do not agree with this view, but the body which advises the Government believes that smoking is a very important contributory cause. There has in fact been a steep increase in the incidence of lung cancer in Australia in recent years both relatively and absolutely. The National Health and Medical Research Council went further than that. It was of the opinion that these facts should be publicized and, indeed, that it might be advis able for Australian governments to consider whether steps should be taken to control in some way advertising designed to promote smoking.

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