Tobacco advertising

Issue
In part of a multifaceted attack on the tobacco industry, opponents of tobacco use have attempted to severely restrict, or entirely ban, tobacco advertising.

IAA Position
We believe in the right to truthfully and responsibly advertise legal products to appropriate audiences and oppose efforts to restrict such advertising. Truthful commercial speech enjoys the free speech protections of the First Amendment. A government’s right to ban a product does not give it the right to ban speech about that product. Experience in countries where the advertising for products has been banned shows that reducing or banning advertising will not reduce rates of consumption. Ad bans do not work, and censorship is contagious. Bans on advertising for one product or
service inevitably will lead to bans on advertising for others.

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, IAA Vice President - Government relations & self-regulation.