HC Deb 06 March 1961 vol 636 c3W
Mr. Pavitt

asked the Minister of Health (1) in view of the fact that severe bronchitis is seldom found in people who have never smoked, whether he will now take further action to discourage people from smoking;

(2) whether, in view of the growth in advertising by tobacco manufacturers, with the consequent danger to health from increased smoking, he will introduce legislation to control all advertising which might result in danger to the health of the population;

(3) in view of the fact that a high proportion of tobacco sales already goes to the teenage population, that the advertisements of tobacco manufacturers are directed in large measure to this section of the community, and that during the next two years there will be a proportionately higher number of potential smokers owing to the high birthrate at the end of the war, what special steps he proposes taking to warn people, especially young girls and boys, of the danger to health from smoking.

Mr. Powell

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Brixton (Mr. Lipton) and others on 19th December, 1960.