Pros And Cons Of The Ban On Tobacco Advertising

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The Ban on Tobacco Advertising in India
Some countries like France, Finland, and Norway banned on tobacco advertising to discourage adults from consuming tobacco products. India also banned tobacco companies from advertising their products and sponsoring sports and cultural events on 2001. This decision seemed to have sparked an intense debate, not just over the ethical aspects of policy making but also the achievability of the objective. Here I mentioned my opinion on what governments should do in regards to tobacco advertising after analyzing the arguments in favor of the ban, in oppose of the ban, and the conflict of interest issue as it pertains to the government in India.

1. Arguments in favor of the ban on tobacco advertising in India
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On the other hand, the state’s expenditure for the health care of smokers was high.
The report of a comprehensive study of over 100 countries mentioned that the downward trend in consumption was much steeper in the countries with nearly complete bans in comparison of the countries without bans.

2. Arguments in opposition of the ban on tobacco advertising in India
Adults who consume tobacco had their free choice so they fully accepted the risk to them. If we lose sight of this principle, we lose sight of the truth on the free societies depend.
It was legal to manufacture and sell tobacco products so it was also legal to advertise it. In addition, cigarette advertisements were least relevant to people who did not smoke because no respondents to the survey said that adverting had induced them to start smoking.
The ban was likely to have no major impact on their sales because the organized sector which mainly produced cigarettes, comprised only 16% of the market while remaining 84% was accounted for by other products like 'beedi, ' 'ghutkas, '
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Arguments on the conflict of interest issue as I pertain to government in India
The issue was the conflict of interest issue between the ethical and commercial considerations.
On one the one hand, from the ethical point, the government had to discourage the habit for the welfare of its citizen because it was well known that tobacco was the dangerous to the health. But the advocates of free choice and the cigarette companies insisted that ban was no solution to the problem.
On the other hand, the tobacco industry was a major contributor to the state exchequer in terms of the commercial point. Some argued that the ban was unjustified, as advertisements didn 't promote smoking, and that the ban was not the right solution to the problem.

Given some arguments that have happened regarding the ban on the tobacco advertising, it was quite difficult to determine because it depends on the situation each country faces. I believe that developed countries should prioritize the ethical issues because they can afford to solve the commercial issues. However, like in this case, developed countries were forced to equal the ethical issues and commercial issues. I just suggest that these countries carefully assess the economic impacts when the ethical regulation or deregulation was implemented. If the economic impacts are high, it is recommended that any alternative economic program should be led by the government. The most important issue is how the worker in particular industries

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