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.)