Essay about Ban On Tobacco Advertisements By The Government Of India

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Ban on Tobacco Ads by the Government of India
In 2001 the government of India instigated a bill which banned tobacco companies from sponsoring sporting and cultural events as well as advertising their products. This induced some fierce debates with people arguing the ethical right the government has to meddle in such affairs, saying it infringes on the people’s rights of choice and building of commerce to improve the economy. The India government purported the objective of the ban was to discourage adolescents from consuming tobacco which was detrimental to the well being of the country. To murky the waters further still, the taxes on the tobacco industry contributed a substantial amount to the government’s public revenues.
Within the article of our assignment it points out a few interesting questions which merit some thought. “Is it proper for government to interfere in matters of personal choice”? If so, “what approach should the government choose-the ethical or commercial?” As we delve further into these thoughts let’s take a deeper look at what those who sustain the government’s action have to contribute as well as proponents who don’t like political intervening.
Those who’s arguments opposed the ban had much to say one the subject not the least of which was that it was an unwarranted intrusion on their rights, freedom of choice, and personal lives; claiming that anything in excess is bad be it coffee or whatever else, and the government was overstepping its bounds as…

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