Youth Tobacco Free Day

Australia Friday launched the National Youth Tobacco Free Day to educate young people to stay away from smoking.

NYTFD, the tobacco free youth campaign, aims to educate young people about a range of issues associated with smoking, including health effects, environmental effects, and related laws.

Anti-tobacco awareness and education events are to be held in schools right across the country on Friday.

According to Australian Associated Press,  the Western Australia Heart Foundation project has showed a strong call to put an end to tobacco companies using front-line branding as advertising.

Smarter than Smoking project coordinator Fiona Phillips said: “Clever and colorful new cigarettes pack designs constantly enter the market and present a marketing strategy to recruit young people to smoke”.

A member of the OxyGen alliance responsible for organizing NYTFD, Phillips said the survey results would be sent to federal and state politicians to support a proposal by the National Preventative Health Taskforce for the introduction of plain packaging.

To support the NYTFD, the South Australian government issued a statement on Friday, warning that one in two people who start smoking as teenagers will eventually die from tobacco-related disease.

Substance Abuse Minister Jane Lomax-Smith noted in the statement that currently 23 percent of young South Australians aged 15 to 29 smoke.

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