Ban On Tobacco Advertisements By The Government Of India Essay

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Ban on Tobacco Ads by the Government of India

Tobacco has been in world history since the Mayan Indians of Mexico indicated tobacco

use in their carved drawings. “These drawings date back to somewhere between 600 to 900

A.D.,” (Jacobs, 1997). Tobacco made its way into North America and before long, it went all

over the world to many countries. People realized the money that could be made from Tobacco

and found ways to make its use easier and more addictive. “In 1964 the Surgeon General of the

U.S. (the chief doctor for the country) wrote a report about the dangers of cigarette smoking,”

(Jacobs, 1997). However, regardless of the warnings about the harmful effects of Tobacco use,

people are still using it. Many countries are working towards creating a healthier environment by

putting a ban on tobacco to discourage use, especially among the youth.

The Government of India (GOI) is once such country that have made steps towards

tobacco banning by announcing, “that it would shortly table a bill banning Tobacco Companies

from advertising their products and sponsoring sports and cultural events,” (IBS Center for

Management Research, 2001). This movement has created discourse among those opposed to

such a ban, especially because the tobacco Industry has helped provide commercial growth for

the country. However, what about the health and opinions of its citizens? Should a person have

the right to decide what is best for…

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