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Cigarettes (Promotion)

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether the promotion of the new Vanguard cigarettes, involving free packs and money-off vouchers, contravenes the voluntary code of practice on tobacco promotion.

This promotion, so far as my present information goes, does not appear to contravene the requirements specified in the existing voluntary code.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will seek to amend the voluntary code of practice on tobacco promotion, to ban promotion of cigarettes through free packs and money-off vouchers.

The promotion of tobacco products is among the subjects under discussion in the Government's current negotiations with the tobacco industry on what should follow the existing voluntary agreement. Both parties agreed that the details of the negotiations should remain confidential until a conclusion is reached and I must ask the hon. Member to await the full announcement which will then be made.