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Tuesday, 26 February 1980
Page: 332

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled:

The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth that:

More than ten thousand deaths each year in Australia are caused by tobacco usage,

The costs of tobacco-related diseases from hospital and medical expenses from health insurance costs, and from productivity loss from disease and premature death exceed revenue gains to the Government from the tobacco industry.

The tobacco industry is responsible for the tobaccorelated disease and death inasmuch as it actively promotes the consumption of tobacco related products directly via advertising and indirectly via sponsorship of sporting and cultural activities.

Non-smokers represent 64 per cent of the adult population, and of those who do smoke 50 per cent wish to give up smoking.

Your petitioners call on the Australian Government to implement the recommendations of the report of the Senate Standing Committee on Social Welfare "Drug Problems in Australia- An intoxicated Society?" which are within the Australian Government's power to legislate for, namely, recommendations 39-44, 46-52, 54 and 55.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Porter.

Petition received.

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