According to a study
conducted by The Cancer Research UK, one in every three children (27
percent) under-15 years have tried smoking at least once in life
. The researchers requested the Government
authorities to make it mandatory to put all cigarettes in standardized packs.
Last April, the Government accepted the request by making the packaging of
tobacco products mandatory. The step was welcomed by health campaigners while
some were of the view that it has increased the smuggling of tobacco products
and the loss of jobs of many.
the Executive Director of the policy and information at Cancer Research UK,
mentioned, "With such a large number of youngsters starting to smoke every
year, urgent action is needed to tackle the devastation caused by tobacco
Replacing slick, brightly-colored packs that appeal to children with standard
packs displaying prominent health warnings is a vital part of efforts to
protect health. Reducing the appeal of cigarettes with plain, standardized
packs will give millions of children one less reason to start smoking. These
figures underline the importance of sustained action to discourage young people
from starting. Smoking kills and is responsible for at least 14 different types
. Standardized packaging is popular with the public and will help
protect children. She added, We urge the Government to show their commitment to
health and introduce plain, standardized packs as soon as possible."
in December, became the first nation in the entire world to put tobacco
products in standardized packs
. Tobacco products are sold in standardized
color packs with graphic warnings and only the brand name imprinted on the
The scientists are hopeful that these steps will
prove to be effective in controlling the use of tobacco among the young
generation. Awareness should be cultivated among children not to use tobacco
and related products.