Smokers fooled by colour of packets
Changing the colour of a pack of cigarettes can persuade young smokers that they are safer, researchers have found.
One in four 16 to 25-year-olds who were shown two packets of Silk Cut, one with a blue background and the other purple, believed the blue packet was "healthier".
The British Heart Foundation (BHF), which commissioned the survey, said the results reinforced the argument for plain packaging. Tobacco displays are to be banned in supermarkets and large shops from April and the Government is to consult on introducing plain packaging in the New Year.
Betty McBride, director of policy and communications at BHF, said: "It is an absurd loophole the tobacco industry takes full advantage of. We must close it if we really want to protect younger generations."
Three quarters of the 2,700 surveyed said plain packs - with no branding or logos and larger health warnings - would make it easier to smoke less or quit.