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  •  so, you're saying there are zero standards for (0+ / 0-)

    cable/satellite stations?  why aren't cigarettes advertised on them then?

    i get that the rules are more lax for cable/satellite, but there are some rules -- right?? -- anyway, can there be a work-around on broadcasting out & out slander/libel/treasonous ct's?

    •  Because it's too hard (0+ / 0-)

      to segregate the commercials from the actual broadcast AND cable stations. Besides, I'm not sure what the ad restrictions are on tobacco products.

      The cable only stations can do pretty much whatever they want with their shows. That's why the language tends to be saltier.

      But once somebody figures out that they might be able to get away with it, you know they're going to start up tobacco ads again.

      The ad restrictions on tobacco, to me at least, say that if you can restrict THAT legal product, you can restrict ANY legal product.

      So ban prescription drug ads for starters. Then ban ALL political ads except by the candidate themselves.

      If you can ban tobacco, you can ban pretty much anything. Or should be able to.

      •  They ban cannabis (1+ / 0-)
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        bluezen

        And it isn't nearly as dangerous!

        But some of us are voting to change that today.

        "Political ends as sad remains will die." - YES 'And You and I' ; -8.88, -9.54

        by US Blues on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:24:54 AM PST

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      •  i don't know what the legalese is regarding the (0+ / 0-)

        laws passed by congress in the 60s banning tobacco ads, but i remember the tobacco companies argued that banning ads would result in infringement of 1st amendment privileges, etc & i think it went all the way to scotus who ruled that b/c the ads were only banned on tv & still allowed in print media, there was no 1st amendment issues involved & congress was within its purview to regulate this particular product b/c it was a general welfare thing (health related).

        prescription drug ads are allowed in only one country in the whole fucking world: the us -- & with most of congress on big pharma's payroll it's no wonder, is it.

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