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NHS medical director wants celebrity social media ads banned

NHS medical director Professor Stephen Powis is calling for a ban on “irresponsible and unsafe” celebrity endorsements on social media to protect the young and vulnerable.

Professor Powis warned that paid-for promotion of products including diet pills, detox teas and appetite-suppressant sweets on social media sites could have a damaging impact on physical and mental health.

He is urging celebrity “influencers” to act responsibly when taking payment from companies to push products with health implications and says social media companies should also act and take down posts that promote products that could cause physical or mental harm.

The intervention follows a series of high profile concerns raised about suicides and self-harm of young people linked to advertising and social media.