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Children 'Targeted' By Tobacco Packaging
Tobacco companies have been criticised for using packaging that attracts teenagers and children.
The charity Cancer Research UK reviewed industry documents from the last 50 years and states that some described how packaging had been developed to appeal to new smokers, notably teenagers, through its size, colour and design.
Their Packaging of Tobacco Products report will be considered as part of a UK-wide consultation on whether cigarettes should be stripped of their branding and sold in plain, standardised packets.
Cancer Research UK launched its The Answer is Plain campaign, asking people to sign a petition to remove all branding from tobacco packaging.
It has released a video which shows a group of 10-year-old children discussing cigarette boxes, to illustrate how young people are affected by the different colours and designs.
Some of the children's comments include: "It makes you feel like you're in a wonderland of happiness", "It reminds me of a Ferrari", "Is that the Royal sign?" and "Yeah. Pink, pink, pink".
Eight out of ten smokers start by the age of 19.
Vicky Crichton, Cancer Research UK's public affairs manager in Scotland, said: "In Scotland, 24% of adults are smokers, which is higher than the British average. We know many Scots take up the habit young and this report shows that children are drawn to the colourful and slick designs without having a full understanding of how deadly the product is inside the pack."
Ovarian cancer survivor Rosa Macpherson, 55, from Alloa, started smoking at the age of 12.
The mother-of-one said: "I can certainly remember as a child the impact that different cigarette packs had on me when I was starting to smoke. The cigarettes I picked were long and slim, elegant I thought, and presented in a glamorous-looking pack that fitted snugly in my handbag.
"But cigarettes are not toys or fashion statements. They turn your fingers and teeth yellow, are incredibly addictive and, ultimately, they kill people. They shouldn't be presented in a way that is attractive in any shape or form."
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what do you think?
Rubbish, kids start to smoke because its still seen by them as cool. It is a cycle younger kids smoke because they see older kids doing it and in turn they are the older kids. Demonising smoking and making it more underground will only increase this to some children. Its exactly the same as some drugs.
Children like pictures of dead people and sperm? Who comes up with this?
They could brand them in bright pink packets with yellow spots and people are still going to buy them. This government are trying to get us all to give them up. They make a fortune from the tax on cigarettes so how are they going to replace the lost revenue ? Probably by putting more tax on everything else in life. Everyone will suffer then including non smokers.
" They make a fortune from the tax..." No they raise taxes to pay for Public Services for us, the public. " Everyone will suffer..." No, they will raise the same amount of taxes as before, but in different ways, so overall we won't suffer, but the balance of tax raising will shift. Finally, if we were all to stop smoking, the cost of the NHS would reduce substantially, so in fact we all would benefit.
The government know people won't quit, they just need to be seen to be doing the right thing.
what a load of rubbish ,people who thought up this crap are not fit for thier suposed job what ever that may be .
Those supposed childrens comments look "coached" to me--what child do you know that would say "it makes you feel like you're in a wonderland of happiness" thats more like an advertising strapline made up by someone in p.r. When I was young and smoked the packaging was a complete irrelevance,it was the price that mattered.By introducing plain packaging and keeping out of sight is going to have the opposite effect on youngsters by making it seem "risque". The only way to stop it is an outright ban or follow New Zealand and make the price prohibitive,even then I doubt it would completely work.
"Mummy, please can I have one of those SMOKING KILLS toys?" "That is not a toy!"
If tabacco is to be put in plain packaging then all junk food should be put into plain packaging too. I would love to hear what those kids have to say about fast food packing. People have always done things that are bad for their health, its part of whats makes human.
Who ever thinks these things up is a jobs worth,priceless.Dont see the drug dealers advertising and yet there still buying drugs.
Could be the out of sight, out of mind syndrome here. As a non-smoker myself i can sympathise with those that do smoke by choice, and choice is one thing that some people would rather we didn't have.