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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3217

Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 27 March 1980:

(   1 ) Has his attention been drawn to reports that several fire associations are campaigning in the United States of America to encourage manufacturers to produce and market self-extinguishing cigarettes that self-extinguish within 3 minutes of the first puff.

(2)   In view of the number of fires caused by cigarettes, and the resultant cost to the community, has his Department considered proposals to encourage the production of selfextinguishing cigarettes.

Mr John McLeay (BOOTHBY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The Commonwealth Fire Board is concerned primarily with fire protection in Commonwealth departments and authorities. The Board has, however, sought information from the United States of America on research into selfextinguishing cigarettes undertaken by fire associations and other bodies there. Under the Trade Practices Act safety standards for consumer products may be established. When the relevant information is received from the United States it will be passed on to the Department of Business and Consumer Affairs for referral to the Commonwealth/State Consumer Products Advisory Committee, the body which considers and advises my colleague the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs on those matters.

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