Ban The Ban On Tobacco Advertising Essay

1252 Words May 9th, 2016 null Page
In 2001, the government in India decided to introduce legislature to impose a ban on tobacco advertisements at sporting events and cultural events, as well as sponsoring such events. This was intended to stop tobacco companies from appealing to children and young people, and also to help the government start an anti-tobacco campaign. There were strong reactions on either side of the debate. Those in favor of the bill said doing so would save millions of lives and protect children from being bombarded with tobacco advertisements. Those not in favor of the bill claim that the government was simply trying to pass legislation that would not be effective and was intended to control consumers ("Ban on Tobacco Ads by the Government of India", 2001).

The World Health Organization estimates that tobacco-related deaths will rise to 8.4 million people by the year 2020. People in favor of the ban on tobacco advertising in India argue that tobacco companies are influencing children and young adult to use tobacco. In documents released in the United States, young teens and adults were described as “tomorrow 's cigarette business” and indeed, the advertisements used of a colorful cartoon camel were appealing to children. Anti-tobacco protesters claim that these advertisements were made to appeal to children and tap into that future market, even at an early age. This leads to regularly smoking adults and so the tobacco industry thrives at the cost of millions of lives. Although the…

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