US paediatricians call for ban on tobacco advertising and limits on alcohol and drug advertising

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 27 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5286
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    The American Academy of Pediatricians has called for a total ban on tobacco advertising in all media, limits on alcohol advertising, and limits on content related to tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs on television and in movies for children.

    In a policy statement published on 27 September the academy said, “Two legal drugs—alcohol and tobacco—pose perhaps the greatest danger to children and teenagers. Both represent significant gateway drugs and are among the earliest drugs used by children and teenagers” (Pediatrics doi:10.1542/peds.2010-1635).

    The academy, which has 60 000 members, issued recommendations for paediatricians and called …

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