KPLU Radio reports that King County has banned an anti-smoking ad sponsored by King County.

The decision is based on a new policy adopted last year after a controversy over pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli ads on the sides of Metro buses.
Using the slogan, “Let’s Do This King County,” the ads depict a fictitious 11-year-old girl named Mia, with various thought bubbles. One says, “Stores are full of tobacco. Why can’t they be full of fruit?” Another asks why stores don’t stock milk instead of sugary drinks.

Under Metro’s policy, these are both too provocative. Promoting milk, for example, may not be a matter of public debate, says Linda Thielke, Metro Transit spokeperson:

“But it was also talking about what store owners should stock in their stores, and that’s an issue that there has been some debate about.”

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