There are currently about 18 million alcoholics in the U.S. and more than 88,000 Americans drink themselves to death each year. About 480,000 Americans also die from tobacco related products each year. Health advocates claim the makers of these harmful products routinely market cigarettes and alcohol to our young. These products are often advertised on billboards, television, radio and other mediums which are unavoidably seen and heard by minors. However, our Federal Trade Commission claims it has not found overt evidence of such targeting. Our tobacco and alcohol industries currently regulate themselves by creating standards for the ethical advertising of their products. These standards discourage irresponsible drinking and prohibit the promotion of a beverageâ€™s alcohol content or the effects of alcohol. These standards also call for alcohol ads to be placed only in media where 70% of the audience is over 21. However, critics say these harmful products should not be advertised on any medium that is viewed by minors. They say a precedent exists for banning these types of ads without running afoul of our First Amendment. Tobacco advertising was banned from television once the dangers of smoking were acknowledged.
Pending Legislation: None
I oppose reforming current alcohol and tobacco advertising policy
I support identifying a legislator who will sponsor a bill to ban alcohol advertisements on media that is viewed by children
I support identifying a legislator who will sponsor a bill to ban all tobacco advertisements on media that is viewed by children
I support identifying a legislator who will sponsor a bill to ban all alcohol and tobacco advertisements on media that is viewed by children