The Ban On Tobacco Advertising Essay
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
The ban was not unusual in terms of international precedents because some countries had already imposed similar bans. For example, in Belgium and French, it was officially declared that the ban on advertising tobacco products was no unconstitutional.
There was an increasing fear that tobacco companies were inducing children and young people. For example, in the USA, a certain company was forced to withdraw its mascot from all its advertisements because they appealed to the children and encouraged them to smoke.
In India, the cigarettes and health cost totally contributed only 0.35% of the G.D.P so that contribution to the Exchequer was low. On the other hand, the state’s expenditure for the health care of smokers was high.