HC Deb 01 December 1983 vol 49 c607W
Mr. Dubs

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what action he proposes to take in the light of the recent report by the Royal College of Physicians on smoking and health; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten

I have studied the Royal College's fourth report on the health risks associated with smoking and hope that widespread notice will be taken of the renewed warnings about illness and early death it contains.

The Government will continue to pursue their existing policies. There has been a 20 per cent. decline in United Kingdom cigarette sales over the past four years, a significant fall in the proportions of both men and women who smoke cigarettes, and continuing reductions in the tar yields of cigarettes for those who continue to smoke. Special efforts will be made to ensure that children and young people are fully aware of the health risks associated with cigarette smoking before they consider taking up this dangerous habit.