Advertising Tobacco Products And The Conflict Of Interest That It Presents

1145 Words Oct 16th, 2016 5 Pages
The discussion of advertising tobacco products is a controversial topic, there are relevant points on both sides of the argument, so it is hard to determine a true ethical decision. India’s government announced the bill banning tobacco companies from advertising their products in February 2001, their goal is to prevent adolescents from taking up smoking or any other form of tobacco products. Initiating this bill is the government answer to an ethical challenge, they are protecting the health of the entire country, rather than the financial future of one industry. (Bauer, 2016) Immediately, there was an uproar that sparked this intense debate, arguments between health concerns versus constitutional rights. In this paper I would like to discuss the pros and cons of banning the advertisement of tobacco products and the conflict of interest that it presents.
In favor of the ban, there are multiple countries, such as France, Finland, and Norway, that have made the decision to prohibit tobacco companies from promoting their products. This ban extends to advertisements, as well as sponsorship of sporting and cultural events. While these countries have been able to keep most of these ads off their television and radio outlets, there are still a few that have been able to sneak in, through international programming. (IBS Center for Management Research, n.d.) Tobacco is currently the most dangerous consumer product out there, it is highly addictive and has over 4000 chemicals, 50 of…

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