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Tobacco Co’s advertise near playgrounds

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Its a fact that smoking is addictive. Its a fact that most smokers start before they are 18 years of age. Its a fact that smoking causes lung disease and a variety of cancers.

In a previous post I discussed how effective advertising is to getting teens to start smoking and how tobacco companies seek to get around laws to protect teens from tobacco advertising. Now tobacco wants to keep the right to advertise at schools and playgrounds.

In 2009 the FDA proposed a ban on advertising for a 1000 foot radius around schools and playgrounds. Big Tobacco has been fighting it ever since. Their argument is that the ban would so limit the areas that they could advertise that it would limit their free speech. Cry me a river. Look, crack kills, so advertising it to my kids is illegal. How is this any different? Oh yeah, tobacco’s not illegal…yet. Maybe we should change that. Drug dealers don’t get free speech rights and maybe the same should be true for tobacco companies.

Alcohol companies advertise about using their products “responsibly.” And its true that there is such a thing as responsible use and consumption of alcohol. In small amounts it has no deleterious side effects and occasionally may even have health benefits. Its not true for tobacco. There is no safe amount of tobacco intake, there are no health benefits, and its been shown to be much more addictive than alcohol.

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