In April 2015, Cancer Council NSW on behalf of Cancer Council Australia responded to Free TV Australia on the invitation for public comment on the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice.
Food and beverage marketing influences the preferences and purchase requests of children and what they eat. There is substantial and growing body of evidence which confirms a relationship between high level of alcohol advertising exposure and adolescent alcohol use. Cancer Council strongly supports advertising regulation that protects children from marketing, advertising, promotion and sponsorship of energy-dense nutrient-poor foods and beverages, and alcohol. We urge Free TV to retain clauses that protect children from advertising of unhealthy food; and to retain and strengthen the currently limited provisions which seek to limit the exposure of children and young people to alcohol advertising.