One of the nation's leading organizations for pediatricians is urging new limits on advertising that can help steer impressionable young people into unhealthy habits.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, advertisers spend more than $25 billion each year on commercials for tobacco, alcohol and prescription drugs. The organization also expressed concern that people who view PG-13 and R-rated movies at too young of an age may grow up and be more inclined to smoke and drink during their adolescent years.
The AAP went on to suggest that all tobacco advertising should be banned, while limits should be placed on alcohol advertisements and the depiction of smoking and drinking in PG-13 and R-rated movies.
Of course, such recommendations would most likely never pass a constitutional test under the First Amendment. Even without such advertisements, many may argue that young people will be drawn to try things like smoking and drinking.
With that in mind, it's the responsibility of individuals to avoid unhealthy behaviors that over time can saddle them with chronic medical conditions, higher life insurance rates and a lower quality of life in general.