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Thursday, 18 February 1971

Senator TURNBULL (TASMANIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Health. In today's Press the Minister for Health is reported as stating that the banning of cigarette advertising on television has had no effect in diminishing the smoking habit in the United States of America or the United Kingdom. How was he able to assess this, in view of the fact that the cessation of cigarette advertising on television in the United States occurred only on 1st January 1971?

Senator Dame ANNABELLE RANKIN - I am not certain how the Minister for Health has assessed this; but I am quite sure that, because of his very real interest in this matter and the concern he has shown during (he period of time the honourable senator has been asking questions about it, he will be keeping in very close touch with those who assess these matters. I shall endeavour to obtain some further information and I will give it to the honourable senator at the first possible opportunity.

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