The heavily religious US state has become the first to declare adult entertainment as a risk to the heath of residents
Utah has declared that pornography is a public health risk in a bid to “protect our families and our young people”.
The US state has become the first to make the move, while calling for more “efforts to prevent pornography exposure and addiction”.
However, the new state advice does not ban pornography. It simply warns against what politicians feel are the negative consequences of it being freely available.
The bill claims that porn “perpetuates a sexually toxic environment”, and adds that it is “contributing to the hypersexualisation of teens, and even prepubescent children, in our society”.
The bill, signed by Republican Governor Gary Herbert, claims the amount of porn available to internet users is “staggering”.
It adds that steps must be taken to improve “education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level”.
The state of Utah is heavily conservative, with 63% of its citizens being followers of the Mormon faith.