Advertising for tobacco products is highly regulated. Some anti-smoking groups believe that the tobacco industry is circumventing long established regulations by going online:
“…Although the tobacco companies deny it, one leading anti-smoking academic accuses them of using websites like YouTube to reach a younger client base.
‘Smoking equals fun’ reads the title of one video.
Another one is called ‘Nice day for a girl to have a smoke’.”
One of the main concerns is that the internet sites, such as YouTube, reaches such a young audience. The issues speaks to regulating online content. If the anti-smoking groups protest and appeal to Google, which owns YouTube, the people who produce this smoking content undoubtedly will raise the issue of censorship and the stifling of artistic expression.
[tags]advertising, YouTube, smoking, tobacco products, censorship, internet, artistic expression[/tags]