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  Tobacco adverts debate
Updated 13 February 2003, 13.37


Citizenship 11-14/KS3/Levels E&F
Media and society

Overview
Debate the issues surrounding the end of tobacco advertising in the UK.

Learning aims

  • Effects of advertising on society.

  • Issues of tobacco adverstising and young smokers.
Main activity

Whole-class debate
This house believes that tobacco adverts encourage kids to smoke.

Open the debate by reading out the report

Find notes for the main speeches by clicking the links below.



A formal structure to follow



Reasons why tobacco adverts should be banned



Reasons why tobacco adverts shouldn't be banned


Plenary
Recap on the main teaching points and the chair announces the outcome of the vote.

Teachers' Background

  • The government's long-awaited Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act comes into effect on Friday 14 February 2003.

  • The Act outlaws ads in magazines, newspapers and on billboards.

  • A ban on direct marketing and in-pack promotion schemes comes into effect on 14 May 2003.

  • Tobacco sponsorship of Formula 1 racing and other "global sporting events" has been delayed until 2006

  • Simon Clark, director of the smokers' pressure group Forest, described the move as a "pointless political gesture that will have very little effect.

  • "What motivates young people to start smoking is peer pressure, not advertising. Common sense suggests that the more smoking is attacked by politicians the more attractive it becomes."

  • The anti-smoking group ASH warned ministers to ensure the tobacco industry did not take advantage of loopholes in the legislation.

  • Its director, Clive Bates said: "The tobacco companies will respond by switching tobacco brands onto non-tobacco products like clothing, accessories or action holidays and the measures to deal with that are weak and delayed for two years."

  • But Tim Lord of the Tobacco Manufacturers Association said: "We will work within the constraints of the legislation as defined by government."

For all links and resources click at top right.


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