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Last Updated: Tuesday September 04 2007 15:38 GMT

Will nasty pics stop people smoking?

Images to stop people smoking

The latest idea to stop people smoking is plastering a series of nasty-looking pictures of what can happen to people if they smoke on packets of cigarettes.

Images of diseased lungs and rotten teeth are among those that may be used, alongside warnings in words about lung cancer and heart disease.

So will the photos make a difference, or will people just ignore them?

Do you think they'll help someone you know stop smoking?, or maybe you've already started and think the pics will help you give up.

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"My aunt read about it in the newspaper and she's already stopped! It will make a great impact on people's attitudes over smoking. Just think how many teenagers will hesitate now. It's a brilliant idea."

Rosie, 13, Carlisle, England

"I have a serious lung condition. I think if people were to go into a lung ward, that would stop them smoking."

Aimee, 11, Milton Keynes, England

"To be honest, I don't think it will make a difference. Those pictures will merely make people think 'Oh that's disgusting'. People forget the nicotine is addictive and that people simply find it hard to quit, no matter how much they may want to."

Holly, 13, Wiltshire, England

"I think smoking is DISGUSTING but it's an addiction and people have to understand that once you start, you get addicted and it's terribly hard to stop. So I think we should give smokers a chance to give up this hard addiction."

Madeline, 12, South Shields, England

"They should just put the price of cigarettes up with less cigarettes in the packet!"

Rachel, 12, Rochdale, England

"I agree with some people, if they were REALLY bothered about people smoking they should just ban smoking."

Nicole, 12, Stapleton, England

"I think the pictures will put people off smoking, especially younger people because they won't want to look at the horrid images."

Charlotte, 11, London, England

"My daddy smokes but always outside. I just stay away because I have asthma and I will never smoke. I know it's bad for you. Why do people sell them in the shops anyway?"

Jessica, 10, Nottingham, England

"Well, it would definitely put me off STARTING to smoke and it would make me TRY to stop, but some people cannot. They are just weak willed and they cannot resist them."

Sarah, 13, Northampton, England

"I think it will stop people from smoking, because when they look at the pictures they will see what would happen to them if they keep on smoking."

Abbey, 8, Harwich, England

"If everyone wants people to quit smoking just ban it from the shops. It's the government who won't ban smoking so why are they wanting people to stop. They just want the money for themselves!"

Sarah, 11, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"These images will have some effect on smoking, but mainly only on those who do not smoke, or have no intention to smoke, and those who are swayed by state propaganda."

William, 12, Folkestone, UK

"I think if you put the images on cigarette packets not many people will take any notice. Some people are just addicted and will puff away without thinking how much damage it will cause."

Hannah, 10, Hinkley, England

"I think it is a good idea as it show what it is doing to your body and even other people's bodies."

Vikki, 11, Southampton, England

"I think the pictures on the cigarette packets will definitely help people stop smoking because it shows what will happen to you if you continue this horrible habit!"

Sophie, 7, Gloucestershire, England

"I think it will do more to put off children, because we have a wider imagination - no offence!"

Rosjen, 12, Oxford, UK

"I think they should help. Because smoking is so addictive, however, some people no matter how hard they try not to may give in to the temptation, even if they know the truth of its effects."

Theresa, 11, Cardiff, Wales

"It'll probably work for the first month or two but after that people will get used to it. The government will have to keep renewing the images for it to keep working."

Callum, 12, Doncaster, England

"I don't really think much of it - it's just another way to try and persuade smokers to quit. I hate it when people smoke, so I hope it works."

Hannah, 13, Lincoln, England

"If they want people to stop smoking why don't they just get rid of it from the shops? There's no need for the pictures, just ban smoking."

Bebe, 12, Bristol, England

"I would stop smoking if I was a grown-up or teenager because you can die younger."

Reece, 9, London, England

"My dad smokes and I am for this idea. It's a great way to stop people smoking because some people don't realise what the effects of smoking can be."

Vicki, 12, Staffordshire, England

"No, I don't think that'll help because people that smoke already see that on TV and the internet, but they're still not stopping. So how is it going to help putting it on the packet?"

Sabrina, 13, London, England

"I think it will stop people from thinking about starting smoking. If you're too addicted then it won't help but hopefully the next generation won't smoke."

Monica, 10, London, England

"Some people are just crazy they can't even stop. They see pictures and they still do it. When people try to buy them from supermarkets they should put the price up a bit. It should be 10 pounds not 5!"

Ayamn, 11, Oxford, England

"I think that most people will think that, since they don't feel or see it, it's not happening to them."

Kerri, 13, Michigan, USA

"I think it might stop younger people but I don't really think it will change older people's minds!"

Adelina, 12, London, England

"That's just what is needed to make people stop."

Razit, 12, Cheltenham, England

"Some people will just not take them seriously. They'll say that it's make-up or something stupid. But others will stop because of it."

Alice, 13, Loudeac, France

"I don't think it will make much of a difference. Some people are pressured into smoking, and others do it to look cool, even though it's not. People are addicted to cigarettes, and seeing as it makes them look 'cool' they won't stop. It also costs a fortune. My brother is going to stop because it costs loads and my uncle has already stopped and he's doing really well."

Lucy, 11, Ireland

"I think these pictures will work! Just looking at them makes me feel sick and I have never tried a cigarette and none of my family smoke!"

Sarah, 12, Llangollen, Wales

"The picture of the smoker's lungs is horrible. I will never ever try smoking."

Megan, 11, Stoke-on-Trent, England

"I think the pictures will affect some but not others."

Kate, 10, Birmingham, England

"It might help because they look scary and disgusting."

Jinesh, 12, London, England

"I don't think they'll make a difference. A friend of the family is a chronic smoker and knows how much it's damaging her health, but simply can't stop."

Osnat, 11, London, England