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    Lung cancer is caused by smoking - warns the Ministry of Health report.

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    CU. Stubb of cigarette burning in ashtray. SCU. Man smoking cigarette. CU. Clouds of smoke coming out of man's mouth. SV. Young boy standing against wall smoking cigarette, notice above his head "No Smoking". SV. Girl in office typing and smoking cigarette. CU. Typist with cigarette in mouth smoking. CU. Man smoking cigarette, takes out cigarette from mouth and blows large amount of smoke into camera. GV. Exterior, Ministry of Health. CU. Name plate "Ministry of Health". SV. Attendant in the press room placing ashtrays on table. CU. Hand picks up the report on smoking for lung cancer. LV. Reporters and press listening to the Parliamentary Secretary Mr J. K. Vaughan-Morgan. SV. Mr Vaughan-Morgan speaking to the press. Side view, members of press listening.

    CU. Hands in bin lifting up large amount of cut tobacco. SV. Lifting tobacco into machine. CU. Tobacco in machine being moved along on machine. GV. Cigarette making machine. CU. Tobacco moving along at speed in roll prior to being cut up for cigarettes. SV. Top shot, cigarettes being cut at speed and going along conveyor belt. SV. CU. Woman at machine stacking cigarettes. SV. Stacking cigarettes. CU. Cigarettes rolling down machine for packing. LV. Girl operating packing machine. CU. Cigarettes being packed in machine.

    GV. Masses of cartons of cigarettes awaiting despatch all over the world. CU. Name on packing case "Hong Kong" pan to many others. CU. Name on packing case "Andorra". CU. Name on packing case "Quebec". CU. Sir Alexander H. Maxwell, the Chairman of the Tobacco Manufacturers Standing Committee seated at desk. SV. Pathe reporter Bill Symon interviewing Sir Alexander (natural sound). Question: "What has your organisation done to aid research into the question of smoking and lung cancer?" Answer: "Well, in 1954, seven of the leading manufacturers in this country gave a grant of £250,000 for the Medical Research Council".

    CU. Bill Symon asking question: "So far what are the conclusions reached by your organisation?" CU. Sir Alexander speaking: "They are given very clearly in the annual report which we just issued, which shows I think, that there is a need for much more research and over a wide area, and in my opinion to single out smoking as a caused agent is on evidence today, completely unjustified." SV. Bill Symon thanks Sir Alexander for his statement, and Sir Alexander asks Bill Symon to have a cigarette.

    CU. Exhaust fumes being discharged from exhaust of car. SV. Cars and buses moving along Oxford Street. SV. Back view, petrol lorry and fumes coming from exhaust pipe. SV. Bob walks into tobacconists and the assistant takes large packet of cigarettes off shelf and places it on counter and picks up money. CU. Cash register recording 3/10d. CU. Hands pressing down keys of cash register, pan up revealing 2/8d being the tax for the Government.

    GV. Whitehall and Government buildings. CU. Name over doorway - Treasury. SV. Interior, Mr Peter Thorneycroft sitting at desk. SCU. Mr Thorneycroft sitting at desk, looking up and into camera (library). SV. Stewart Farrar sitting in chair smoking cigarette and reading headlines on newspaper "Lung Cancer - Cabinet to warns heavy smokers". SV. Front - Stewart Farrar looks at his cigarette, shrugs his shoulders, leans forward to stub his cigarette out, but his hand stops on top of the ashtray. CU. Stewart looking down thinking, as if to say - "Shall I continue to smoke?" CU. The cigarette burning in ashtray. CU. Stewart still thinking, he starts to react, nods his head as if to say - "Yes I'll finish this cigarette" - he continues to smoke.


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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:04:05:00 / 01:07:38:00

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