Utah Gov. Gary Herbert on Tuesday signed a resolution that declared pornography a public health crisis.
TIME: Utah Governor Declares Pornography a Public Health Crisis
Original Source: Time
Author: Melissa Chan
“We realize this is a bold assertion … it is, in fact, the full-fledged truth”
Supporters of the resolution praised its passage while comparing the dangers of pornography to that of smoking. “I believe pornography will follow the trend of the tobacco industry in public perception,” Dawn Hawkins, executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, said in a statement. “Pornography today is pervasive and popular, similar to smoking in the 1950s, but as the harms become apparent, both the general public and elected officials will demand that a multi-disciplinary public health approach be implemented across the country to address it.”