Center for Science in the Public Interest Censorship

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has launched a campaign to censor alcoholic beverage ads on college campuses. CSPI ignores the fact that:

  1. Two of every three college undergraduates are of legal drinking age and 72% of all college students are age 21 or older.
  2. Scientific research conducted for decades around the world by governments, health agencies,
    and universities demonstrates that alcohol ads don’t increase consumption, don’t increase alcohol-
    related problems, and don’t lead non-drinkers to begin drinking. Effective ad campaigns can, however, increase a brand’s market share and customer loyalty.
  3. The U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment protects free speech, including commercial free speech that is not clearly deceptive.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest recently failed in a censorship attempt at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.

 

References:

  • Center for Science in the Public Interest. CSPI Urges College Presidents to Help Break Tie Between Sports and Alcohol Ads. Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) pres release, 1-15-04. (Activities of the CSPI’s Alcohol Policies Project, directed by George Hacker, are typically reported through Center for Science in the Public Interest press releases.)

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