Petition to Remove Alcohol Ads from NYC Public Transit

We, the undersigned, call on Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray to join us in demanding the removal of alcohol advertising from New York City Public Transit.

We support the unprecedented commitment [1] that the Mayor and First Lady have made to address the issues of mental health, excessive alcohol use, and drug use in New York City.  We also recognize that underage drinking in NYC is a special problem which demands special attention. 

When we further consider that hundreds of thousands of NYC schoolchildren use public transit every day as their “yellow school bus,” [2] it is unacceptable that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) would expose young people to messages glorifying alcohol use and thereby jeopardizing their health and safety.

For these reasons - and more - alcohol advertising should not be allowed on NYC Public Transit. 


[1]  Peltz, J. (2015, May 5). “NYC mayor proposes millions in new mental health services.”  Associated Press. Retrieved on May 28, 2015 from http://bigstory.ap.org/article/b3002b78321048beb87ae2b26edf6a3b/nyc-mayor-proposes-millions-new-mental-health-services

[2] Over 674,000 NYC public school students received free or reduced NYC MetroCards for the 2013-2014 school year, per the NYC Independent Budget Office.  This number does not include private/parochial school students, or trips subsidized by the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development [see http://www.nyc.gov/html/dycd/html/resources/transportation.shtml ]

 

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    Here in the South Bronx, our research has shown that the number one substance use problem affecting our youth is underage drinking, followed by other substances. We are disproportionately inundated with alcohol advertisements on our subways and buses. Other cities like Boston and Philadelphia have recognized that the damage alcohol advertising does outweighs the financial returns their transit received. New York City transit should lead the way in doing all in its power to promote healthy lifestyles.
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