Banning Tobacco Advertising : An Ethical And Social Responsibility

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In 2001, Indian government officials began discussing laws regarding a ban on all tobacco advertising in India. Indian officials, like many other governments around the world that imposed similar bans, felt an ethical and social responsibility to discourage usage of a product that is very dangerous and posed significant health risks to the population. However, such a ban could have significant economic impacts, considering revenue collected from taxes on the sale of these products, as well as potential impacts to jobs in the tobacco industry if sales decreased as a result. When arguing the benefits to such a ban, an assumption is made by the analysts that a decrease in advertising would correlate with decreased smoking rates, positively impacting the public health as a whole. Officials believed that restricting tobacco advertising would not impact the free trade market because of the popularity of tobacco products. Additionally, a ban on advertising would not impact the accessibility of tobacco products to the public. Smokers would still be free to purchase products if they choose to, therefore there is no infringement on the population’s right to choose. Officials also believed that by curtailing advertising, the impact of the advertising on the adolescent population would be lessened. Governments around the world had already imposed similar bans, acting under the premise that government officials had not only the right, but the responsibility to protect the public…

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