Tobacco Case Study Concerning Ethics Essay

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Tobacco Case Study Concerning Ethics

India is the third largest producer of tobacco in the world, producing 800 million Kilograms every year (Tobacco Industry in India, 2015). Tobacco contributes to about 14 percent to the national treasury in India. Tobacco also contributes to over four million deaths in 1998 and that number is expected to rise to 10 million by 2030 (Ban on Tobacco ads in India, 2001). In 2001 The Government of India announced its plan to propose a bill to ban the advertising of tobacco. With so many of its citizens working to produce tobacco and having major tobacco companies within its boundaries this proposed bill did not go over so well. Some people even argued that it was stifling their freedom of choice. Was it not the job of the Government to protect its citizens, even if they needed to be protected from themselves? The Government of India had two basic choices, 1) do the ethical thing and make their citizens a priority or 2) value only the money that the tobacco companies were contributing. Let’s take a look at both sides of the argument.

Let’s start with those in favor of the bill, what are the pros of such a controversial bill? First I should mention that India did not come up with idea on its own; there were several other countries that had passed such a bill in the interest of its citizens. However many people did oppose them claiming it was taking certain freedoms from them but other people did stress that the government had the right to…

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