Smoking Tobacco And Its Effect On Society Essay

1003 Words Jul 20th, 2016 5 Pages
Smoking tobacco is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in our times. This was not always the case. More people used to chew tobacco. However, smoking a cigarette is very popular today. At the start of the 1900’s, “the cigarette became the major tobacco product made and sold... [selling] 3.5 billion cigarettes [in 1901]” (Randall, 1999). Smoking tobacco has turned into a big problem on a global scale. According to the World Health Organization, “[t]obacco kills around 6 million people each year. More than 5 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600,000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second hand smoke” (2016). Tobacco, especially the pure form of nicotine, is a very bad habit that is hard to quit. It is up to the governments to restrict the use of tobacco. One such government that is aiming to curb the use of tobacco products is the Indian government. India banned tobacco companies from advertising their products in 2001. As a result of this ban, there has been much heated debate over whether this ban on advertising would work and on the governments moral duties.
The arguments in favor includes the right of the government to protect the well-being of its citizens. India was not the only country trying to curb the use of tobacco. Other countries have similar bans on advertisement. Both Belgium and France argued that the ban on tobacco advertising was not unconstitutional and that “it was based on the need to protect…

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