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:
- Two of every three college undergraduates are of legal drinking age and 72% of all college students are age 21 or older.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)