Nipped and Tucked Away: Seoul to Ban Plastic Surgery Ads From Metro Stations

© AFP 2022 / JUNG YEON-JEA pedestrian walks past an advertisement for plastic surgery clinic at a subway station in Seoul on March 26, 2014
A pedestrian walks past an advertisement for plastic surgery clinic at a subway station in Seoul on March 26, 2014 - Sputnik International
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Advertisements for plastic surgery procedures will be gone from Seoul's metro station by 2022, transport operator Seoul Metro announced Monday.

The move came as a response to complaints submitted by more than 1,000 commuters who were concerned that the images were promoting "an unhealthy and distorted view of women's body images."

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Going ahead, officials said a ban will be imposed on such ads as well as enforcing a stricter review of ads, Korea Herald reported. Seoul Metro will also be creating a new review board to prevent any plastic surgery posters from seeing the light of day at its metro stations.

"We're going to replace subway commercial ads with cultural, artistic, and public services ads even if we have to endure a drop in revenues," a Seoul Metro official told Chosun Media.

According to the transportation agency, advertisements at the City Hall Station, Sinseol-dong Station, Seongsu Station, Yangcheon-gu Office Station, Gyeongbokgung Station, Anguk Station, Euljiro 3-ga Station, Sinjeong Station and Gimpo Airport Station will be removed by the end of 2017.

Empty spaces will be filled with ads promoting art and culture, the outlet noted.

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