Analysis Of The Ban On Tobacco Advertisements By The Government Of India

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Analysis of the Ban on Tobacco Ads by the Government of India

It is widely known that tobacco is hazardous to one’s health, but it begs the question ‘what role does government play in protecting its citizens from such a product?’ This was a question that the Government of India (GOI) set out to resolve. In 2001, the GOI implemented a ban on tobacco advertising, as well as tobacco companies’ ability to sponsor public events, in hopes that youth would be deterred from using tobacco products (Ban on, n.d.). This ban sparked controversy and debate on the ethical implications of such a ban. The ban was not unique to India, as several other countries had already successfully implemented such a ban, with positive results. However, that did not curb debates on whether a government should impose regulations impeding its citizens’ freedom of choice, such as their right to use tobacco products. The GOI was faced with ethical dilemmas in the health and safety of its citizens versus the dilemma of preserving its citizens’ personal freedoms and impact to the economy. Advocates of the advertising ban believed that it is the government’s duty to protect against factors that pose a risk to the overall well-being of its citizens, the effects of tobacco are among such factors. Advocates of the ban focused on the known health risks of tobacco use, since “According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco accounted for over 3 million deaths in 1990, the figure rising to 4.023…

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