AAP Urges New Limits on Tobacco and Alcohol Advertising

This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a policy statement which calls for a ban on tobacco advertising in all media, limitations on alcohol advertising, and no erectile dysfunction drug advertisements until 10 p.m.

Among its recommendations, the AAP urges parents to exercise extreme caution in letting your younger children view PG-13 and R-rated movies and television shows, which often feature substance abuse, and that all substance abuse prevention programs, including those in the classroom, include media education.

As fierce advocates for children, CHOC Children’s agrees that some media messages can have a negative impact on children’s health and well-being.

To read more about why the media target your children, check out this article in our Kids Health magazine: http://www.choc.org/publications/articles.cfm?id=P00303&pub=KH&aid=130

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