Pediatricians Want to Restrict Ads for Tobacco, Booze, Viagra

MONDAY, Sept. 27 — The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t want children exposed to tobacco ads at all, and wants to limit their exposure to alcohol marketing and advertisements for erectile dysfunction drugs and other prescription medications.
Those are just a few of the recommendations in its new policy statement, “Children, Adolescents, Substance Abuse, and the Media,” published in the October issue of Pediatrics.
“Although parents, schools and the federal government are trying to get children and teenagers to ‘just say no’ to drugs, more than $25 billion worth of cigarette, alcohol and prescription drug advertising is effectively working to get them to ‘just say yes’ to smoking, drinking and other drugs,” wrote the policy’s…

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