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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Tolerated Terrorism

Many countries strictly curtail cigarette advertising, including the United States.

In April 1970, Congress passed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act banning the advertising of cigarettes on television and radio starting on 2 January 1971. The Virginia Slims brand was the last commercial shown, with "a 60-second revue from flapper to Female Lib", shown at 11:59 p.m. on 1 January during a break on The Tonight Show. Smokeless tobacco ads, on the other hand, remained on the air until a ban took effect on 28 August 1986. Recently, even further restrictions took effect under the newly enacted Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Effective 22 June 2010, the new regulations prohibit tobacco companies from sponsoring sports, music, and other cultural events. Also, tobacco companies can no longer display their logos or advertise their products on T-shirts, hats, or other apparel. Eventually, the law is planned to require almost all tobacco advertisements to consist of black text on a white background, but the constitutionality of that requirement has come under scrutiny.

In the terrorist attacks on 9/11 almost 3,000 people died. Would anyone care to guess the deaths and mayhem that alcohol causes yearly? I suppose that since this evil is not as sensational as 9/11, we discount it—a very sobering thought, a decision model based upon sensationalism. My question is a simple one, when will America come to its senses and ban alcohol advertisements? Why has it not done so as in the case of tobacco? Ask yourself, as a child would you rather have a chain smoker for a father or a drunk? Are we blind or simply extensively compromised and satiated by the best indoctrination money can buy?

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