Marketing to children

A TuffyPack ballistic shield sits on top of a backpack it will be inserted into before a shooting demonstration at the Shiloh Shooting Range, Friday, August 9, 2019, in Houston. The company produces some bullet-resistant backpacks but the bulk of the business is in removable ballistic shields that are inserted in backpacks. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
August 09, 2019 - 1:16 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Companies like Guard Dog Security, TuffyPacks and Bullet Blocker are peddling bullet-resistant backpacks for children in time for the back-to-school shopping season. But critics argue they are using tragedy as a marketing opportunity and exploiting parents' worst fears. Safety is...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2018 file photo, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey speaks at the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention in Worcester, Mass. Massachusetts has sued a national retailer of electronic cigarette and vaping products, alleging the company violated state law by targeting minors for sales of its merchandise, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
May 30, 2019 - 1:24 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has sued a national retailer of electronic cigarette and vaping products, alleging the company violated state law by targeting minors for sales of its merchandise, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday. The complaint filed in Suffolk Superior Court alleges...
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FILE - In this his June 27, 2012 file photo, Vic Gundotra, Google Senior Vice President of Engineering, talks about Google Plus at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. Nearly two dozen consumer, privacy and public health groups are urging U.S. regulators to investigate whether children are being endangered by deceptive apps in Google’s app store for Android smartphones. A complaint filed Dec. 19, 2018, with the FTC alleges Google’s Play store is harming kids by allowing apps that break privacy laws, contain adult content or include manipulative advertising in a section designed for young children. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
December 18, 2018 - 9:31 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly two dozen consumer, privacy and public health groups are urging U.S. regulators to investigate whether children are being endangered by deceptive apps in Google's app store for smartphones running on its Android software. The 102-page complaint filed Wednesday with the...
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CORRECTS DATE OF ANNOUNCEMENT TO NOVEMBER, NOT MAY - FILE - This May 17, 2018 file photo shows packs of menthol cigarettes and other tobacco products at a store in San Francisco. On Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb pledged to ban menthol from cigarettes, in what could be a major step to further push down U.S. smoking rates. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
November 15, 2018 - 1:16 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In a major new effort to curb smoking, a top U.S. health official pledged Thursday to try to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars and tighten rules governing the sale of most flavored versions of electronic cigarettes. The proposed restrictions were aimed mainly at reducing...
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FILE - This Tuesday, April 10, 2018 file photo shows vaping devices, including a Juul, center, that were confiscated from students at a high school in Marshfield, Mass. On Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, San Francisco-based Juul Labs Inc. announced it had stopped filling orders for its mango, fruit, creme and cucumber pods but not menthol and mint. It will sell all flavors through its website and limit sales to those 21 and older. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
November 13, 2018 - 7:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's leading e-cigarette maker is halting store sales of some flavors to deter use by kids. The move by Juul Labs Inc. comes ahead of an expected U.S. government crackdown on underage sales of flavored e-cigarettes. Juul said it stopped filling store orders Tuesday for mango...
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FILE - In this July 14, 2018, file photo, people, left, talk to tellers while placing bets at the Meadowlands Racetrack, in East Rutherford, N.J. House Republicans say they are strongly in favor of new federal regulations on sports gambling after the Supreme Court allowed states to start opening sports books. Thursday’s, Sept. 27, 2018, hearing of a House Judiciary subcommittee was the first Congress has held on the issue since the Supreme Court decision in June to strike down a law that limited sports gambling to four states. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
September 27, 2018 - 2:40 pm
House Republicans strongly favor new federal regulations on sports gambling after the Supreme Court allowed states to open sports books. At a hearing of a House Judiciary subcommittee, GOP members expressed concerns Thursday about advertisements and online gambling platforms targeting minors, as...
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FILE - This Dec. 4, 2013 file photo shows vials of flavored liquid at a store selling electronic cigarettes and related items in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, U.S. health officials said teenage use of e-cigarette has reached “epidemic” levels in the U.S. and are calling on the industry to address the problem or risk having their flavored products pulled off the market. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
September 12, 2018 - 11:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are sounding the alarm about teenage use of e-cigarettes, calling the problem an "epidemic" and ordering manufacturers to reverse the trend or risk having their flavored vaping products pulled from the market. The warning from the Food and Drug Administration...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. Federal regulators are alleging that Facebook’s advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development alleged in a complaint this week that Facebook violated the Fair Housing Act because its targeting systems allow advertisers to exclude certain audiences, such as families with young children or disabled people, from seeing housing ads. AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
August 17, 2018 - 5:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are alleging that Facebook's advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said in an administrative complaint this week that Facebook violated the Fair Housing...
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