posted on Jun, 23 2005 @ 03:37 PM
On the final day of their annual meeting on Wednesday, the American Medical Association voted on measures that would determine how to allocate their
support. Measures included the more appropriate labeling of video games to insure that only adults can buy violent ones, the increased taxation of
alcohol based on level of content, and a nation-wide prohibition on the use of tanning salons by minors. The goal is to encourage healthier
lifestyles amongst the nations youth.
The AMA's newly elected president, Dr. J. Edward Hill, suggested in his inaugural remarks Tuesday that doctors use the campaign "as a springboard
to improve the health of our nation's most precious commodity, our children."
The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States says liquor excise taxes are discriminatory and backfire because by reducing demand, they also
reduce tax revenue generated.
Several states have parental consent laws for teen indoor tanning but none have successfully banned it outright, said Melissa Haynes of the Indoor
Tanning Association. She said her group believes "decisions on whether or not a teen gets tan should be left up to their parents and not the
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It should be noted that all of these issues have been placed on the drawing board.....i.e. this is the process that potentially determine the
direction of lobbyists.
That said, the increase in tax on alcohol is another example of beating a dead horse.......continue to hit the vices of the public while prescription
drugs are hailed as the answer for all of our ills. Please.....their recent decision to not police the advertising of their industries products
betrays the so-called concern they are attempting to display by focusing attention on the health of our youth.
And compared to the priority of prescription drug education and regulation, much less the advertising, a restriction on tanning salon access for
minors is irrelevant. I couldn't find any immediate numbers on the amount of minors attempting to tan themselves artificially, however, I would
venture to guess that the number is dwarfed by the number of hypochondriac pill poppers.
This is smoke and mirrors......
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[edit on 23-6-2005 by MemoryShock]