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Thursday, 26 May 1983
Page: 1107

Question No. 25

Mr Rocher asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 3 May 1983:

What is the estimated annual number of premature deaths in Australia due to the consumption of tobacco and tobacco products.

Dr Blewett —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Estimates based on the latest cause of death statistics compiled by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that in 1981, the number of tobacco-related deaths was 16 524. This represents a slight increase over the 1980 estimates, the increase being almost entirely among people over 65 years of age.

When population growth is allowed for, the rate of such deaths per 100 000 adults decreased marginally in the 12 month period.