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This Woman Is Doing Something Not Seen In A TV Ad For 49 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK

The first advert to show people smoking for nearly 50 years are airing air on British television today. A commercial for e-cigarette brand VIP will...

The Sun Offered A Page 3 Girl As A Prize And It Did Not Go Down Well

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK

An advert for The Sun newspaper has been banned for being "sexist, offensive and socially irresponsible" after it offered a date with a topless Page 3...

Ministers Refuse To Ban Payday Loan Ads On Kids' TV

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics

Ministers have declined to back MPs' calls for a ban on payday loan adverts on children's television despite admitting there had been a "concerning" r...

Pistorius Advert Is Most Complained-About UK Advert Of All Time

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK

Paddy Power's controversial Oscar Pistorius advert has become the most complained-about UK advert of all time with the Advertising Standards Authority...

WATCH: 'Sexual' E-Cigarette Adverts Investigated

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.12.2013 | UK

A sexually-suggestive advert for e-cigarettes is being investigated by the watchdog. The promotion, for the VIP brand, was described as "cheeky" by...

'Masturbation' Protein Shake Ad BANNED After Complaint

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK

This ad for protein shake brand For Goodness Shakes has been banned by the advertising watchdog, which deemed that its references to male masturbation...

Tweet to Highlight How Film Posters Can Glamourise Guns

John Slinger | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Slinger

If enough people take up the challenge, we might collectively achieve some "crowd-research" which might be useful to those who research the influence of depictions of guns and gun violence. Either way, it might stimulate much-needed debate about the casual normalisation of violence in our society.Whilst we hear much debate about whether gun violence in films or computer games can propel young men or boys (for they are almost always male) to commit mass murder or violence, we rarely hear about the effect of images on film posters.

How the UK Government Ignored the Most Basic Law of Advertising

Hugh Salmon | Posted 11.12.2013 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

The Rt Hon Theresa May, Secretary of State for the Home Office has announced that she wishes to create a 'hostile environment' for illegal migrants to...

Home Office Vans Rapped As 'Misleading' By Watchdog

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK

The Home Office's controversial 'go home' immigration van campaign will have to be redesigned, the advertising watchdog has ordered. The government...

Children Lie About Age Online To See Sex, Gambling And Alcohol Adverts

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK

Children are using false ages online and seeing restricted adverts for overtly sexual dating sites, gambling, alcohol and slimming aids, a study has f...

Coke Zero Advert Banned For 'Misleading' Viewers With Workout Claim

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A television advert for Coke Zero has been banned for potentially misleading viewers about the amount of exercise needed to burn off the calories in a...

Kerry's Payday Loan Ad Banned By Watchdog

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK

Kerry Katona's advert for payday loans company Cash Lady was "irresponsible" and could influenced vulnerable viewers that high interest loans could he...

Pussy Energy Drink Advert Banned

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle

An ad for energy drink brand Pussy that reprimanded viewers for considering the word's slang alternative has been banned following 156 complaints that...

Schoolgirl Dating Website Advert Banned For 'Grooming'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle

An ad for a dating website that appeared on Facebook with a picture of a woman in a school uniform has been banned for potentially encouraging groomin...

Is It Fair to Ban Sexual Images From a Sexual Marketplace?

Nash Riggins | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nash Riggins

If anything, American Apparel should be commended for its unprecedented and unpretentious level of self-awareness; after all, even brands that don't sell revealing clothing rely almost exclusively upon scantily-clad sex symbols to sell their products using 'gratuitous emphasis on the groin'. Is that sexist?

American Apparel Adverts Banned

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Controversial US retailer American Apparel has once again flouted advertising regulations with images of women in vulnerable poses "likely to cause se...

Cigarette Giant's Anti-Plain Packaging Advert Banned For Being Misleading

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK

An anti-plain packaging campaign advert placed in national newspapers by one of the biggest tobacco giants has been banned after it was found to have ...

Advertising Crackdown On Payday Lenders

PA | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK

Payday lenders are facing new rules on how they advertise under a Government clampdown to make sure that firms do not take advantage of people who are...

Harvey Nichols 'Lesbian Kiss' Ad Cleared By Watchdog

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A Harvey Nichols campaign showing women about to kiss their mirror image has escaped censure after drawing complaints that it was sexually explicit an...

Asda's Christmas 'Busy Mum' Ad Is Not Sexist, ASA Rules

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK

Asda's Christmas advert featuring a mother who appeared to be almost single-handedly carrying out the preparations has been cleared following more tha...

Complaints Over 'Degrading Anti-Feminist' M&S Advert Rejected

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A Marks & Spencer lingerie campaign featuring model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has been cleared by the advertising watchdog following complaints that i...

Two Jimmy Savile Adverts Banned

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK

Two adverts which referred to Jimmy Savile have been ruled harmful and offensive after complaints that they made light of sexual abuse. An email fo...

'Taken 2' Rapped..

PA | Posted 05.12.2012 | UK Entertainment

Twentieth Century Fox has been ordered to pull an ad for the film 'Taken 2' after a watchdog found that glowing reviews used to promote it had never b...

Is It Time To Ban Airbrushing For Good?

Guy Parker | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Guy Parker

Digital fakery. Airbrushing. Perfect models with perfect make up, their perfect figures clad in perfect clothes. This imagery is everywhere and it's having a damaging effect on women and girls, who simply can't attain the unrealisable ideal.

'Distressing And Insulting' Advert Banned

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK

An advert showing a surgeon performing a brain operation while organising a holiday online has been banned after complaints it was offensive, distress...