The Boston Globe Will No Longer Accept Tobacco Product Advertisements
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 11, 1999--The Boston Globe said today that it will no longer accept or carry advertisements that promote tobacco products or smoking. The new policy is effective immediately for the pages of the Globe newspaper, and January 1
Publisher Richard H. Gilman made the announcement, saying, ``A primary role of newspapers is to maintain a free flow of information, often balancing different and sometimes opposing values. That includes advertising as well as editorial material.
``However, even though tobacco remains legal, its effect on public health is clear. 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 can not in good conscience expose our readers, particularly our younger ones, to any more of these messages.''
Gilman said the new policy applies to ads that promote tobacco products and smoking. The paper will continue to consider for publication ads from tobacco companies that may sponsor an event or advocate a public policy position, provided they meet the Globe's standards of accuracy and presentation.
The January 1 effective date was selected to allow time for any ads to appear that may already be committed in sections printed by others. Some items the Globe carries, such as supplements in its Sunday paper, are printed weeks before the actual day of distribution.
Like most newspapers, the Globe tries to impose as few restrictions on advertising as possible, and it rejects ads for relatively few products. Among ads the Globe will not accept are those for handguns, ammunition, automatic weapons, adult movies, 900 numbers, dating and escort services and term paper agencies.
Revenue from tobacco advertising has historically been a very small fraction of total revenue for the Globe. With the ban, the Globe joins a small list of newspapers that now reject tobacco advertising. Others not accepting tobacco ads include The New York Times, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, The Christian Science Monitor, The Portland (ME) Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, The Deseret News of Salt Lake City, The Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Penn., and three papers in Washington: the Seattle Times, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, and the Yakima Herald-Republic.
Globe officials said its decision was entirely a local one, in accordance with New York Times Company policy that its individual papers have the autonomy to decide what kinds of advertising are acceptable. The Globe was acquired by The New York Times Company in 1993.
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