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Tobacco Marketing and Advertising Restrictions in S. 1648, 105th Congress: First Amendment Issues

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Publication Date: April 1998

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: 98-343

Topic: Business (Markets, marketing, and merchandising)


Section 906 of S. 1648, 105th Congress, would prohibit, among other things, tobacco advertising on billboards and the Internet. Although the First Amendment provides only limited protection to commercial speech, S. 1648's marketing and advertising restrictions, to the extent that they deny adults access to tobacco advertising more than is necessary to protect children, may be unconstitutional.