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Post date: March 20 2006

Statement By Attorney General Spitzer On The Magazine

I am pleased that members of the distilled spirits industry have agreed to remove their alcohol advertisements from school library editions of five popular magazines - People, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report.

The industry trade association (DISCUS) undertook this initiative following encouragement by my office and Maryland Attorney General Curran that the industry reduce the exposure of children to alcohol advertisements through "selective binding" of magazines most commonly subscribed to by schools.

Research clearly establishes that alcohol advertising has a significant impact on young people's decisions to drink alcohol. Virtually all readers of school library editions are individuals under the legal drinking age, and thus use of selective binding to avoid youth exposure to alcohol advertisements is a responsible course of conduct.