Pediatricians Say Ads for Alcohol, Tobacco and Prescription Drugs Hurt Youth

CADCA.org reports on alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs advertisements. The American Academy of Pediatrics has called for an end to all tobacco ads, limits on alcohol and prescription drug ads, and for the entertainment industry to stop glamorizing smoking and drinking, Join Together reported.

The AAP said that restrictions on advertising could help reduce adolescent substance abuse. In a policy statement, the AAP said companies spend about $25 billion a year on ads for alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs. They cited research indicating that advertising is responsible for up to 30 percent of alcohol and drug use by teens.

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