POSSIBLE COOK ISLANDS BAN ON TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL ADVERTISING

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RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (March 17, 1998 - PACNEWS)---A five-member Parliamentary Select Committee on Alcohol and Tobacco Advertising, chaired by Cook Islands Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Henry, is considering recommending a total ban on tobacco and alcohol advertising.

The Select Committee was formed last month following release of a research report on the impact of drinking liquor and smoking in the Pacific Islands region, Radio AKTIV Cook Islands reports.

The Cook Islands, according to the research report, is at the top on the list when it comes to alcohol consumption.

As part of its work, the Select Committee has been reviewing public submissions on the advertising issue. So far the majority of submissions support implementation of an advertising ban on both tobacco and alcohol.

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