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The ‘third sector’ - organisations such as charities, voluntary bodies, non-commercial companies and government - are well-known for producing memorable but also provocative ad campaigns. Whether it’s a public awareness ad encouraging us to put our seat-belt on or to stop smoking, or a charity ad depicting scenes of famine, war and human suffering in order to appeal for donations, ads in this sector can be hard-hitting, thought provoking and sometimes make us feel uncomfortable, upset and, occasionally, even offended.The use of ‘shock tactics’ is nothing new and it can be a highly effective way of getting a message across. Perhaps because of the important and serious nature of the work they do and the issues they’re trying to raise awareness of, we, the ASA, and the general public tend to give more leeway to ads from the third sector to use this approach. But like all advertisers, they still have to stick to the rules. For example, their ads should be prepared in a socially responsible way, be targeted sensitively and, in particular, avoid being likely to harm children.