Tobacco Ad By The Government Of India Case Study

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Ban on Tobacco Ads by the Government of India
Feb.6 2001 announcement of proposed bill banning tobacco companies from product ads and sponsoring sports and cultural events and prepare to launch anti-tobacco program. This led to Government`s ethical aspect of moral policing debate, The proposed Tobacco Ads ban by the government of India is a measure to protect it`s citizens welfare. Although there has been commercial benefits from the Tobacco Industries this led to questions about government`s decision is it ethical or commercial favour as a result of this ban. Does Government has the right to intervene in matters of citizen`s free choice?
Arguments in favor of the Ban
Those in support of this decision cited the example of drugs which is internationally
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Citing examples from other countries abroad like Norway, Finland, New Zealand and France shows that a ban on Tobacco Ads had significantly affected the consumption of Tobacco product in other words cigarette smoking per capital consumption dropped with the range of -14% to -37%. Other health organization statistical record shows similar result, but this effect was possible because of the proper implementation as part of the tobacco control policy.
This ban by government would be effective if it is all media and use of brand names and logos inclusive as advised by World Bank
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As we all know Human beings are capable of destroying himself if left alone, this is due to the fact that his nature is wicked, selfish and short as well as incapable of defending and protecting himself from danger, hence there is need for government to help protect him from destroying himself and help bring orderliness to the society where he dwells, the government establish various code of conducts and ethics and enforce it through laws and penalizes offenders through sanctions and disciplinary actions but in spite of the presence of Government there still exist intruders, crimes and other sort of disorderliness in the society. Ban on tobacco ads and sponsorship is a measure to curb smoking which is detrimental to the health of the consumer, but looking at the benefit from the Tobacco industry to the economy of the India society e.g. tax and employment opportunities generated makes it a conflicting issues. There could be some factors that can militate against the enforcement of the ban factors such as corruption, culture

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