The Ban Of The Tobacco Advertising

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Government involvement is often a subject of controversy and raises questions on when it should and shouldn’t be involved. There can always be a case made either way based on personal viewpoint and what issue is being discussed; this is no different when looking at the Indian Government’s deliberation over tobacco marketing and the usage of tobacco impacting their economy and population. The Government of India proposed bans on tobacco advertising leading to arguments for and against, it is however important to analyze both sides those in favor an those against, and any conflicts of interest that may be involved.

Taking a closer look at those in favor of the tobacco advertising bans there are several factors to be considered. The Government of India wasn’t the first country to deliberate over such a decision, but rather was following in the footsteps of countries like France, Finland, and Norway all of whom had already chosen to enact advertising bans on tobacco. One of the first arguments to be made in favor of the advertising bans was that the government had the right to step in and protect the overall health of its citizens “citing examples like cocaine, a drug banned the world over”. In 1981 in Belgium then 1991 in France court rulings were made declaring that bans on tobacco advertising were in fact not unconstitutional, “as it was based on the need to protect public health, and did not curtail the freedom of trade”. Questions were then brought up regarding what
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