Banning The Tobacco Industry

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“Governments must make it their top priority to stop the tobacco industry’s shameless manipulation of young people and women, in particular, to recruit the next generation of nicotine addicts.” Dr. Margaret
Chan, WHO Director-General. (News Release, WHO, 2013)
We know just how bad the consumption of tobacco products is to personal health and the health of those around us. However, progress to remove tobacco product usage completely from any country is fraught with moral and ethical decisions. In detail, we will analyze the country of India. Taking a look at the steps forward that are being accomplished to reduce tobacco usage by government and global agencies, through banning the advertisement of tobacco products. We will also analyze the big
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This brings up another supporting ideal for the ban on tobacco advertisement.
India’s public spending on health cost is very low in comparison to the gross domestic product. (Rijo,
n.d.) The health issues caused from the usage of tobacco products would not be affordable for most middle to low income families which in turn causes direct strain on the economic stability of India.
Overall the burden on India’s economy from tobacco related health problems account for major findings such as, “economic cost of Rs. 1,04,500 crores or 22.4 billion United State dollars, direct medical cost for hospital care and treatment of tobacco related diseases of Rs. 16,800 crore or 3.6 billion United State dollars, and cost from premature death of Rs. 73,000 crores or 15.6 United State dollars. (Rijo, n.d.)
These findings further advance supporters’ views to ban tobacco advertising.
However, in India there are those that disagree with banning advertisement of tobacco products. Many people view this government oversight as a step away from individual freedom of choice, the opposition holds a rigid belief that it is not
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Ban on Tobacco Ads by the Government in India Case Study Analysis
By: Erin Smalley – BUS 1101B/Written
Assignment Week 4 – UoPeople
In addition, many thought the ban would fail because of the plethora of tobacco products that are available in India. A large contributing factor to the opposition is the simple fact that the tobacco industry in India produces an abundance of employment opportunities, around 26 million. This is a very valid concern since loss of income producing jobs and tobacco production could be felt globally.
Ethical and moral conflicts of interest span for both supporters and opposition. The political ideology boils down to assumptions based on simple questions. Such as, is it a government’s obligation to protect public health? On the other hand, there is still the infringement of personal freedom and regulation of corporations. In my personal opinion as a long time smoker, I truly understand the complicated side of both arguments. I would have to support the ban on tobacco advertising. This comes from a personal view and is backed solely by my struggle to stop. If less advertising means that more people do not start,

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