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.