The Importance Of Tobacco
specify objective lows to clarify the use of force, and it must have the ability to
enforce these laws. The purpose of government is to protect the individual rights
of its citizens” 
In 2001 the Government of India said it would propose a bill banning Tobacco
Companies from advertising and promoting sporting and cultural events. This led
to major debate in India about the feasibility of such a law as well as the
Governments rights to do such a thing. Many questions were raised including if
this was a good move for the Government financially as well as the ethical role of
the Government in having regulatory powers over something that it benefits …show more content…
2) There is a fear the Tobacco companies are targeting children and young adults that are less responsible in their decision making. Trying to get young people to smoke, knowing the addictive properties of their product, was trying to get customers for life.
3) Animated advertising specifically targets young people.
4) Revenues generated by Tobacco sales were a lower percentage of the GDP that money spent in the health care system due to Tobacco related illness.
5) More jobs could be created and the economy improved because citizens would be spending their money on local goods and services instead of buying tobacco products.
6) Studies of other countries showed that advertising bans could have significant impact on reducing smoking in those countries.
There were also many arguments opposed to the advertising ban.
1) The Government was trying to control the individuals decision making process and removing the freedom of choice.
2) The state has no right to decide what is acceptable behavior.
3) Tobacco is not illegal. Advertising is aimed at convincing smokers to use a certain brand, not to convince non smokers to start …show more content…
Likewise Mahatma Ghandi was against the overreach of Government. In his
review of the political views of Ghandi, Joseph Fieldman wrote that Ghandi
favored a limited civil law and instead wish for a “moral framework that
would express the collective will of the people” (p.3) Fieldmen also said
that Ghandi belived that “Government was an impediment to moral
existence rather that a conduit to its attainment.”
I do not personally believe that it is the role of the Government to legislate
morality. While I am not a smoker and believe that it is bad for my health, I
believe the Governments role is to keep the public informed of the truth and
that is all. It is up to me to make personal choices about my life and my
health insofar as those choices do not infringe on the rights of others.