By: Staff reports
New Policy Takes Effect Immediately
The Boston Globe announced yesterday it will no longer carry advertisements for tobacco products or smoking.
The policy is effective immediately for pages of the Globe, but supplements printed elsewhere have until Jan. 1 to comply.
‘Even though tobacco remains legal, its effect on public health is clear,’ said Globe Publisher Richard H. Gilman. ‘We can no longer justify carrying advertisements that promote a product when the harm it causes is so evident and is now acknowledged even by one of the major tobacco companies. We cannot in good conscience expose our readers, particularly our younger ones, to any more of these messages.’
The Globe already rejects ads for products such as handguns, ammunition, automatic weapons, adult movies, 900 numbers, dating and escort services, and term paper agencies.
Other papers not accepting tobacco advertising include The New York Times, Honolulu Star-
Bulletin, The Christian Science Monitor, The Portland (Maine) Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, The Desert News of Salt Lake City, The Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., The Seattle Times, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, and the Yakima (Wash.) Herald-Republic.
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