Ban Of Ban On Tobacco Essay

988 Words Feb 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Those in favor of the ban on tobacco advertisements and sponsoring of cultural and sporting events in India noted that they were not the first country to be taking these steps. In fact, many European countries had previously invoked bans on tobacco beginning decades before. In both Belgium and France the ban was deemed to be constitutional as the main motivator behind this ban was public health, and not necessarily the desire to stop the tobacco industry from partaking in trade. Beyond that, it was noted that many industries that trade in “dangerous or potentially dangerous products” had already undergone these restrictions or bans on advertisement and sponsorship.

With the World Health Organization having focused heavily on tobacco related illnesses and deaths, they were able to present the data that tobacco deaths were increasing quickly. In 1990 there were more than 3 million deaths, and by 1998, over four million. Even more alarming was that was the estimate that tobacco related deaths would number almost 8 and a half million in 2020 and 10 million in 2030. These figures are striking and for those in support of the ban on tobacco advertising are clear indicators that something must be done. The tobacco industry had already come under fire for targeting youth in their advertisements, with one notable example being “Joe Camel”, the animated mascot of Camel cigarettes. RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company was required to remove “Joe” from all their advertisements after a ruling by…

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