HL Deb 07 May 1974 vol 351 c483WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why the State Airline, namely British Airways, should publish in their April/May publication High Life one full page and one half page advertisement in full colour for two brands of cigarettes without the Government health warning displayed anywhere; and further for an undertaking that instructions will be issued forthwith to rectify this omission.


Under the terms of the voluntary agreement with the tobacco manufacturers, cigarette advertisements published for airline passengers are excluded from the requirement to carry the reference "Every packet carries a Government health warning" as duty free cigarettes available at airports and on aircraft do not do so. This is because these packets are part of the production of duty free cigarettes for export and it is not possible to identify at the packaging stage the small proportion which will be sold at airports and on aircraft. This matter will be borne in mind in the discussions which the Government are proposing to have with the tobacco manufacturers about the provisions of the voluntary agreement.