Pros And Cons Of The Ban On Tobacco Advertising

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Ban on Tobacco Ads by the Government of India
Tobacco advertising refers to promotion display of tobacco products in media such as; radio, television, print, billboards and at retail stores. The ban on tobacco advertising by the Indian Government has many effects on the people as well as their ethics and freedom of choice. This paper will provide a summary argument in favour of the ban as well as opposing the ban. And to conclude with my opinions on what the government should do with tobacco advertising.
Summarize the arguments in favour of the ban on tobacco advertising in India
Smoking kills! According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco industry is the only industry that kills around 5 million of its customers every year, additionally 600,000 people dies due to exposure to second-hand smoke (WHO, 2016). This death toll is estimated to reach 8.4 million by 2020, and to 10 million by 2030. Developing countries are exposed to a much higher risks than those of developed countries. 60% of the world-wide 5.7
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Company has the freedom of speech, they are free to advertise and inform consumers about their products. Consumers have the right to make choices for their own life, by preventing them this choice is against the meaning of freedom and democratic society. “If it were legal to manufacture and sell tobacco products, it should be legal to advertise it as well” (IBS Center, n.d.).
Tobacco advertising was merely used to influence existing smokers to switch brands and to create brand loyalty and does not encourage new smokers (Hammond & Rowell, 2001). Banning of tobacco advertising in India will only hurt India tobacco industry. Tobacco advertising will continue to exist in international event like Formula One (F1) and are broadcasted globally. India tobacco industry contributed 12% of the total excise revenue of Rs. 8000 crores in the year 2000 – 2001 and employs up to 26 million people direct and
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