AAP CALLS FOR NEW LIMITS ON TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL ADVERTISING

(Media-Newswire.com) – Despite ongoing efforts by parents, teachers and the federal government to urge adolescents to “just say no” to tobacco, alcohol and drugs, more than $25 billion worth of advertising for these products is working to get them to “say yes.”

Because of these mixed messages, a new American Academy of Pediatrics ( AAP ) policy statement, “Children, Adolescents, Substance Abuse and the Media,” published in the October 2010 print issue of Pediatrics ( published online Sept. 27 ), calls for a ban on tobacco advertising in all media, limitations on alcohol advertising, and no erectile dysfunction drug advertisements.

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