Analysis Of Case Ban On Tobacco Ads By The Government Of India Essay

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Analysis of case Ban on Tobacco Ads by the Government of India

Introduction
Can a ban of advertising on tobacco products keep young adults from developing the habit of smoking? Can it keep them away from trying it out? The Government of India thought so when it announced on Feb 6, 2001 that it intend to forward legislation to ban advertising on tobacco. I am going to examine the case for this proposed legislation. The announcement sparked a fierce debate over the issue. Is it ethical for the Government to decide what adults do? What about the freedom of choice? Well the debate seek answer these questions.

A summary of the arguments in favor of the ban on tobacco advertising in India

The side in favor of the ban has a strong argument because they had examples from countries like France, Belgium, Norway, and Finland. where a ban has already taken place and results are more than positive. Besides the courts in Belgium had ruled that the ban on advertising was not unconstitutional because the tobacco industry challenged the ban. Again the Constitutional Body in France also ruled that the ban on tobacco advertising was not unconstitutional. So those in favor of this ban in India, the Government had plenty of support to draw from.

Pointing to a World Health Organization (WHO), proponents of the ban cited the increase of the number of death related to tobacco and how WHO estimated this numbers will continue to rise to the tune of about 8.4 million by 2020 and about 10
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