The MP for Harrow East has called on the government to introduce plain, standardised cigarette packets.

Bob Blackman wants the UK government to follow the lead of its Australian counterpart.

From tomorrow, all cigarettes in Australia will have to be sold in dark olive brown packets which are decorated only by health warnings.

Charities, including the British Heart Foundation, want the same legislation introduced here.

Mr Blackman, said: “Cigarette packaging is one of the last forms of marketing tobacco companies can still use to attract new customers.

“Australia is leading the way in stopping people from becoming addicted to a lethal and harmful product.

“If we care about the health of people in our community then we should introduce plain, standardised packs in the UK and help stop the next generation of smokers being recruited.”