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Infant Formula Marketing

Keep infant formula marketing out of healthcare facilities.

Commercial Advertising in Schools

Commercial Advertising in Schools

Keep commercial advertising out of schools.

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April 11th, 2014 | David Jernigan | Huffington Post

Parents: Do Alcohol Advertisers Target Our Children?

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the landmark Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. The 1964 report was the first Federal government report linking smoking to health consequences, including lung cancer and heart disease.  The report set the groundwork for the next five decades of tobacco control programs and policies, including those limiting exposure to tobacco advertising and marketing. In 1969, cigarette advertising on U.S. TV and radio was banned, effective September 1970. And decades later the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement eliminated cigarette billboard advertising and print advertising directed to underage youth.

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April 11th, 2014 | Elizabeth O'Brien | Market Watch (Wall Street Journal)

10 things the baby-product industry won’t tell you

Since 1981, the World Health Organization has formally discouraged formula promotion in hospitals. Many pediatricians recommend breast-feeding infants exclusively for the first six months of life, and studies have shown that women are less likely to breast-feed if they receive formula samples in hospital discharge bags. Yet many U.S. hospitals continue to give formula to new parents when leaving the hospital, often in a branded bag provided by the formula company. And formula sales added up to about $5 billion last year in the U.S. alone, according to Euromonitor. 

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April 9th, 2014 | CARU News

The Risks Children May Face When Using Some of their Favorite Online Apps

Between tablets, computers and mobile phones, kids are spending countless hours online every day--and their personal information may not be as secure as you may think. The Better Business Bureau, in a recent article in the Midland Reporter-Telegram warns parents that some mobile applications on tablets and mobile phones may be siphoning children’s data. In a report by the Federal Trade Commission ( the FTC) at the end of 2013, it was reported that in many cases, developers are sharing data collected from children like the child’s location, telephone number and other information obtained from the mobile device.

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April 8th, 2014 | Editorial | Boston Globe

Thankfully, the MBTA fails to sell naming rights to its stations

The MBTA’s energetic efforts to raise money from private businesses — by leasing kiosks in subway stations, for example, or selling ad space on trolleys and bus shelters — have generally been a reasonable response to the transit system’s undeniable financial stresses.  But the Legislature blundered last year when, as part of its jumbo transportation law, it directed the T to try to sell “naming or sponsorship rights for all subway, bus, or commuter rail stations or other assets operated and owned by the authority.” While naming rights are a time-honored means of raising revenue, not everything should be for rent. Shared civic spaces delineate the public realm, and turning their names into fundraising opportunities undermines the city’s very identity.

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April 7th, 2014 | Conan Milner | Epoch Times

A Deeper Look at Drug Ads

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) your doctor is your best source of information on prescription drugs. However, Americans receive much more pharmaceutical advice from television, where they may be exposed to as many as 16 hours of drug ads each year.

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