Ban On Tobacco Advertisements By The Government Of India Essay

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BAN ON TOBACCO ADS BY THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

The scientific community is in agreement that the use of tobacco products has many negative health consequences to direct users of the products as well as for those who have to inhale the poisonous second hand smoke. Governments have not been dealing with the conflict of interest that arises when they try to ban the advertisements of products that are legal and on the other hand, they benefit from the taxes associated from the sale of those products.

ARGUMENTS IN FAVOUR OF THE BAN ON TOBACCO ADVERTISING IN INDIA

• The arguments in favor of banning tobacco advertising are of an ethical nature. It is claimed that the use of tobacco is one of the major causes of death and that it is the job of government to discourage its use since government 's role is to take care of its people.
• According to the International Tobacco control Project (ITC) 275 million people use tobacco products, accounting for fifty percent of the cancers among males and twenty five percent among women.1
• The tobacco death estimate for 2020 is of 1.5 million people a year. 1
• In 2011, the financial burden to the Indian government due to diseases related to the use of tobacco (for those aged 35 to 69) represented $ 22.4 billion U.S. dollars (16% in direct costs and 84% in indirect costs).2
• In the same year, hospital costs, care and treatment, other indirect costs and costs associated with premature death deriving from the use of tobacco, amounted to…

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