Upward trend in councils introducing ‘ethical’ ad policies

Great news! The impact of advertising on health and wellbeing is beginning to be really understood with local councils leading the way by introducing content restrictions on the ad sites that they control linked to addressing Public Health goals. Research on Characterizing restrictions on commercial advertising and sponsorship of harmful commodities in local government policies:…Continue reading Upward trend in councils introducing ‘ethical’ ad policies

Image shows a poster in a bus stop ad panel on a busy street. The ad is for McDonald's.

Junk food advertising

A Big (Mac) problem Junk food advertising is big business. Between 2022 and 2023, McDonald’s, Coca Cola, KFC and Pepsi alone spent £168 million on outdoor advertising promoting junk food. Despite the health dangers posed by foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) being increasingly flagged by health professionals and policy makers, ads for…Continue reading Junk food advertising

A billboard advertising McDonald's burgers which has been painted with the message 'Eating Processed Meat Causes Cancer. We Don't Care. Give Us Your Money.'

Knowsley council takes action against junk food ads to protect children’s health

There was great news from Knowsley in Liverpool last week where the council became the first in the North West to restrict advertising for junk food (aka HFSS: High Fat, Salt and Sugar food), as reported by Sustain, who have been supporting the council to introduce these new measures. It’s really positive to see that…Continue reading Knowsley council takes action against junk food ads to protect children’s health

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Beyond Consumerism – Adfree Cities National Conference 2022

Beyond Consumerism: Reducing the Brain Pollution from AdvertisingNational Conference hosted by Adfree Cities & Badvertising 🗓️ Saturday 14th May 2022, 10am – 5pm📍 Conway Hall, London Catch up on the day with videos and sounds recordings now available here. Are there too many adverts everywhere you look, do they seem to follow you around? It’s…Continue reading Beyond Consumerism – Adfree Cities National Conference 2022

Bristol City Council takes first step in tackling toxic ads

At its Cabinet meeting on 9th March 2021, Bristol City Council adopted a new Advertising and Sponsorship Policy which will apply to adverts under the Council’s direct control, including bus stop screens and billboards on Council land. It includes a ban on ads for junk food, alcohol, gambling, payday loans and adverts in parks. Local…Continue reading Bristol City Council takes first step in tackling toxic ads