The Ban On Tobacco Advertising Essay

1014 Words Oct 5th, 2016 5 Pages
In early 2001, the Indian government enacted a sweeping ban on tobacco advertisement, designed to thwart adolescent smoking and empower the government’s anti-tobacco efforts (ICMR, 2001). There were strong arguments made on both sides of the issue of the ban. Both proponents and opponents of the ban were well aware of the conflict of interest that existed between the government of India and the tobacco companies. The situation, at its genesis, could rightly have been called a mess. It was, at best, complex. The law itself took some time to finally be enacted, and its enforcement and scope has been expanded several times over the years – related, no doubt, to India’s signing on to be a party of the World Health Organization’s Convention on Tobacco Control in 2005 (Tobacco Free Kids, 2015).
The arguments in favor of the original ban on tobacco advertising can be summarized as follows. A government should protect the health of its citizens, so banning advertising and sponsorship of cultural events by companies whose products cause millions of deaths worldwide every year makes sense as it could help curtail the popularity of the product among the target audience – adolescents (ICMR, 2001). Also, many nations have already enacted similar bans and India would just be following suit of the precedent set in countries like France and Norway (ICMR, 2001). Another benefit of the ban: one study actually found that a decline in smoking not only cut incidences of smoking-related…

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