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    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Children should be exposed to fewer television ads for anti-impotence drugs and more for birth control, and need to be shielded from an advertising onslaught in general, the leading U.S. pediatricians' group said on Monday.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics, in a new policy statement, urged doctors, parents, legislators and regulators to limit children's viewing of television and access to the Internet, move some TV ads to later hours after bedtime, and restrict how alcoholic beverage makers promote their products.

    "If we taught kids media literacy, you can essentially immunize kids against advertising," said statement author Dr. Victor Strasburger, a pediatrician at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

    The average American child is bombarded by 40,000 product advertisements a year in all media ranging from television to billboards created by the $250 billion U.S. advertising industry, said Strasburger, adding that children younger than 8 years are especially gullible.

    He said advertisers and broadcasters bear a responsibility to teach and not just exploit child consumers.

    "We'd like to see more birth control ads," Strasburger said, "and less ads for erectile dysfunction drugs because it makes sex seem like a recreational activity."

    He said there was no evidence that advertising birth control products would increase promiscuity.

    The pediatricians group urged the U.S. Congress or government regulators to restrict the airing of erectile dysfunction drug ads until after 10 p.m. when fewer children are watching television.

    "I would like to see parents energized and more sensitive to the impact of media on kids," Strasburger said. "If they observed (American Academy of Pediatrics) guidelines to allow children no more than two hours of entertainment media a day, that alone would limit exposure."

    Studies have shown a direct relationship between advertising exposure and youths who try smoking or drinking alcohol, he said.

    Children who watch more television -- presumably exposing them to ads for fast food, snacks, soft drinks and candy -- are more likely to be obese, although no studies show a direct correlation between advertising and obesity, he said.

    "If we can make the airwaves healthier, and make advertising healthier, then it makes more sense than putting 50 million children on a diet," Strasburger said.

    An advertising-industry spokesman said food companies and advertisers already have responded to the obesity epidemic by promoting healthier products and by following recently revised guidelines for commercials directed at children.

    "It's not like the industry is out there ignoring this," said Jim Davidson of the Advertising Coalition. "Everyone in the food industry knows we have a challenge in childhood obesity."

    Tobacco and hard liquor have long been restricted from advertising on television and Davidson noted brewers have pledged not to advertise on TV programs where children make up more than half of viewers.

    The statement, published in the academy's journal Pediatrics, also sought to limit televised ads for alcoholic beverages to show just the product and not bikini-clad women or cartoon characters, and to ban tobacco advertising of any kind.

    Australia has banned all tobacco advertising, Strasburger said, and Sweden and Norway have barred TV ads directed at children aged 12 years or younger.

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    This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. It's not like the ads are advertising raging hardons and poon-pounding orgies.
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    It's not the dumbest thing I've ever heard. I am sick to death of Viagra commericials, but the airwaves are teeming with them. You would think that erectile dysfunction is the most dreadful, rampant killer of men based on their frequency. I realize that it's all about $$$, and that the drug companies are just exercising their advertising rights & all, but sheesh.

    About the kids, anybody who leaves their kids to be shaped & molded by tv will just get what they deserve.
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    Most of the viagra commercials I've seen will go right over the heads of the kids.. people dancing around singing about what kind of good night they had and then winking at the camera isn't my idea of heavy-hitting pornvertisement.
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    Don't forget the woman with the touseled hair, and the gleam in her eye.
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    No, she's usually dancing around being all chipper and making her man breakfast or something equally mysogenist.
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    Well, after being banged for four hours, I'm not making anybody any fucking breakfast. Matter of fact, I'm not getting up all DAY.
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    it's so weird that you guys have ads for prescription meds on tv. i don't even think it's allowed here. i always forget and then when i'm in canada or the US it's always kind of a shock when the first viagra ad comes on, or the one for the arthritis meds with the old lady dancing.
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    It's still a relatively new thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    it's so weird that you guys have ads for prescription meds on tv. i don't even think it's allowed here. i always forget and then when i'm in canada or the US it's always kind of a shock when the first viagra ad comes on, or the one for the arthritis meds with the old lady dancing.

    I also find it weird. Is it because people can go to a doctor and ask for a specific brand/meds? Like, many of the ads on TV say "ask your doctor about such and such." Even then I don't think it's such a good idea...cuz docs prolly know better than patients what kind of medication is suited to which individual.

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    You know what cracks me up? The Lakota commercials with the old indian dude with the dead bird stuck in his hair.



    He speaks with that kind of special-needs slow indian voice too, it cracks me up every time
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    Hoo boy, I've missed that one. What is that medicine???

    Doctors probably do get annoyed sometimes with people asking for certain trendy drugs. But hey, they make enough $$$ to deal with it, IMO.

    Gator recommended something to me on here for sleep & I asked my doctor for it - she just whipped out her little pad & wrote it out. (It's not addictive or controlled, so that's probably why). Anyway, it's worked beautifully, and I wouldn't have known if someone hadn't told me, although I think someone said that it's been on tv, too.
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    go on youtube, and look up Lakota topical cream commercial or something.. you'll probably get one, and it's damn funny
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    Viagra is the worst thing that's ever happened to elderly women. My husband is a pharmacist and he says these women hate that their husbands can get it up again. They're all "OI VEY!" I would be too. When I'm old and feeble, I don't want my husband coming at me with that thing. I might break a hip or something. Leave me the fuck alone, man. <--that will be my catchphrase.

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    No commercial is more obnoxious than Enzyte with "Bob" and his "male enhancement".

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    Oh no you did NOT mention that heinous commercial. I have to dive for the remote & hit MUTE every time it comes on.
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