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Smoking

Volume 888: debated on Friday 14 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the amount spent by her Department in publicity and other expenditure concerning the dangers of tobacco.

The main expenditure on publicity concerning the dangers of tobacco smoking is incurred by the Health Education Council of which just over 90 per cent, is contributed by my Department. The figures my hon. Friend gave in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Ilford, South (Mr. Shaw) on 20th June 1974—[Vol. 875, c. 273.]—were amounts allocated for smoking in recent years. The council's actual expenditure has been as follows:

£
1969–70108,000
1970–71120,000
1971–72287,000
1972–73414,000
1973–74702,000
1974–75160,000
(estimated)
In addition my Department is responsible for publication of the information on tar and nicotine yields of the main brands of cigarettes on sale in this country ; the cost of the exercise is currently estimated at about £100,000 a year.