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Health warnings on cigarette packs not up to mark: BHF

Health warnings that are displayed on the front of cigarette packets in the UK are 'not up to the job', according to the British Heart Foundation.

BHF has conducted a survey on smoking, which noted that only a 36% of teenagers in the UK are deterred from smoking by current cigarette packs as against 48% of Australian teenagers.

The survey noted that Australian cigarette packs are almost entirely covered by graphic warnings.

BHF has recorded the opinion of 2,500 people, who are of ages in between 13 to 18 years, in the UK and Australia according to which, 77% of UK teenagers think that the nation should launch standardized packs for cigarettes.

The survey also noted the views of about 59% of Australian youth who believe that the packs make people less likely to smoke.

Another 66% of the teens think the packs should also be launched in other parts of the world.

BHF CEO Simon Gillespie said the UK government must introduce standardized packs.

"Smoking kills 100,000 people in the UK every year and we simply can’t wait any longer for legislation. Australia has led the way on standardised packs, the Scottish Government has committed, and now the rest of the UK must act to protect future generations from a deadly habit," Gillespie added.