India 's Tobacco Advertising Ban Essay

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India’s Tobacco Advertising Ban
In 2001 the Indian government began considering an act that would ban tobacco companies from advertising their products and sponsoring sports and cultural events. (‘Ban on Tobacco Ads’, 2001) There were people defending both sides of the issue. Some of the people for the ban were individuals and groups connected with the World Health Organization and the Cancer Awareness Society. Some of the people against the ban were anti governmental regulation groups and individuals and of course tobacco companies. Here are some of their arguments:

The arguments in favor of the ban on tobacco advertising in India were as follows: Firstly tobacco was and is accounting for an increasingly large number of deaths worldwide. “According to the World Health Organization, tobacco accounted for over 3 million deaths in 1990, the figure rising to 4.023 million deaths in 1998. It was estimated that tobacco related deaths would rise to 8.4 million in 2020 and to 10 million in about 2030.” (‘Ban on Tobacco Ads’, 2001) Those in favor of the tobacco advertising ban thought that the ban would be an effective way to curtail the rising death rates. Secondly a study was done on tobacco jobs and usage and showed that effective policies to reduce smoking were likely to increase, and not decrease employment. (‘Ban on Tobacco Ads’, 2001) The study stated that this was because when people didn’t spent their money on cigarettes they would spend it on other goods and services that…

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