Politico June 18, 2024
Ruth Reader, Daniel Payne and Toni Odejimi

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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is calling for tobacco-style warning labels for social media, but he needs an act of Congress to make it happen.

Murthy has raised alarms about social media since his 2021 health advisory on youth mental health. He says there is now enough research to show that teens on social media for long hours are at higher risk for depression and anxiety. A surgeon general’s warning would make parents and kids aware.

Murthy spoke with Ruth about why he’s optimistic lawmakers will act.

The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Do you think Congress will take up your call?

I’m encouraged that we’ve seen an increase in not just bipartisan support, but overall...

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