"[...] The “domino theory” i.e. that once a measure has been applied to tobacco it will be applied to other products is patently false. The same argument was used against the ban on tobacco advertising, but 9 years after the tobacco ban in the UK, alcohol advertising is still permitted with no sign of it being prohibited."This, presumably, is what "no sign" looks like.
Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH, 20th February 2012
Key areas [Balance North East] says need to be addressed include the prevention of alcohol advertising aimed at young people; the prevention of alcohol advertising on TV and at the cinema; prevention of alcohol marketing on social networking sites and the ending of sponsorship by the alcohol industry of sports and young people's events.They don't specifically mention them, but the accompanying video shows that Balance have their sights set on billboards and shop displays too.
Taking that as a guide, it means we could be battling against display bans and plain packaging for alcohol products a mere nine years from now.
Nice of Debs to remind us of the timescale, isn't it?