Essay about The Ban On Tobacco Advertising

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As a developing country India became concerned with the growing consumption of tobacco in the country. In order to stop this growing trend they decided to impose a ban on all tobacco advertisements in India in addition tobacco companies could no longer sponsor sports or cultural events. The ban caused a lot of mixed feeling with people in favor and against the ban, in this essay both views will be analyzed along with the conflict of interest as it pertains to the Indian government. As explained in the case study Ban on Tobacco Ads by the Government of India, those in favor of the ban argued that it was not unusual to pass such bans as other countries had already done it. They also said that the government was allowed to act in the interest of all of its citizens and used the example of “drugs like cocaine, which was, banned the world over” (Morris, 2001). Those in favor of the ban also argue that tobacco companies are using advertising to capture the attention of young people and that deaths related to tobacco use would keep increasing. An example used was the animated camel that Camel cigarettes used as their mascot. Another argument in favor used by analysts in India was that cigarettes contributed to roughly 0.14% of the G.P.D and that healthcare costs amounted to about 0.21% of G.P.D. This meant that in reality India was having to spend more money on healthcare than what came in through cigarette sales, so those who got ill from smoking were increasing India’s…

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