How to keep teens from getting hooked on cigarettes? A study by Cancer Research UK has found a "Smoking Kills" label printed on each stick makes them think twice about picking up the habit.
In the United Kingdom, smoking tobacco is the biggest preventable cause of cancer.
Too many young people are still smoking, and to date, taxation remains the most effective way to in curb smoking. However, there should be more innovative ways to discourage young people from smoking to ensure that the numbers will continue to drop, according to Cancer Research UK’s senior policy manager George Butterworth.
One innovative way of reinforcing anti-smoking messages could be as simple as printing a clear warning on each cigarette stick.
Researchers from the Cancer Research UK surveyed 1,000 16-24 year old across the United Kingdom. One in six individuals from the age group is a smoker.
“A health warning on the side of each cigarette meant young people - including smokers and nonsmokers - were around three times less likely to want to try them than standard cigarettes. Smokers were the most put off by them,” according to a release from Cancer Research UK.
Altering the sticks’ appearance can already become an important communication tool to discourage smoking, according to Dr Crawford Moodie, lead author.
The study also found that green cigarettes discourage young people from smoking.
“Young people who start smoking are likely to continue to do so into adulthood, so anything that may deter smoking among this group could help to tackle the potential health repercussions in later life,” Dr Moodie added.
“This study shows that tactics like making the cigarettes themselves unappealing could be an effective way of doing this,” said Butterworth.
According to the research institute, there are over 5,000 different chemicals in cigarettes, 70 of which can cause cancer.
Specialist support and prescription medication proved to be the most successful at 225 percent, followed by using e-cigarettes at 60 percent. MIMS