A teenager from Knowsley is speaking out in support of standardised tobacco packs and wants the Government to introduce legislation after attending an event on the power of cigarette packaging this week.
The event was organised by Tobacco Free Futures, a social enterprise that works with Merseyside local authorities to tackle tobacco in the region. The event explored how tobacco companies use glitzy and sophisticated packaging to entice young people into a life time of addiction.
Olivia Vanden Bos, 17, who lives in Prescot and attends Youth Action in Merseyside said: “I tried smoking once and chose the packet because it was shiny and fun. If standardised packaging was introduced you would only be able to see the bad side effects like a photo of rotting teeth, it would catch your eye for the bad things. Young people are attracted to things that are colourful and catch your eye so standardised packaging would definitely make a difference.
“Today has been really good; I have learnt lots about smoking and I never knew there was a campaign to change tobacco packaging.”