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“We got rid of Joe Camel. We made sure we eliminated the media that made smoking look cool and was targeting kids,” she said.

The AAP’s support for comprehensive sex education is likely to be criticized as a counterweight to overt sex messages in the media.

The AAP is out of step with American parents, according to Ms. Burgoyne.

Abstinence “is what parents want and what is best for the teens,” she said.