Case Study Analysis Of The Indian Tobacco Ban

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Case-study Analysis of Indian Tobacco Ban The Indian government planned to vote on a bill in 2001 to implement a ban on the advertisement of tobacco products and tobacco companies sponsoring of sports/cultural events in an effort to reduce tobacco use by Indian youth. The bill created controversy, especially over possible ethical issues and the feasibility of the ban's effectiveness. Among the ethical issues include that tobacco products are responsible for negatively impacting the health of Indian citizens, especially Indian youth. Controversy also exists over the possible conflict of interest between tobacco companies and the Indian government since the government collects revenue from taxes on tobacco products. This essay seeks to summarize the arguments posed from both sides of the ban. It will also describe the existing…show more content…
They go on to say that constitutional precedent exists for the ban and point to countries such as Belgium and France where courts ruled in favor of bans on tobacco advertisements in an effort to protect the health of the citizens. Parties in favor of a tobacco advertisement ban link tobacco use to over four million deaths in 1998. In India, proponents provide an economic argument to a ban since 0.14% of GDP is created from excise revenue from tobacco companies, but tobacco use creates an expense of 0.21% of GDP in healthcare costs. They also insist that a ban on tobacco advertisements, which may lead to a reduction of tobacco use, would actually increase employment as money would be spent on more economically valuable products and services rather than tobacco. Proponents of the ban fear that tobacco companies are specifically targeting youth with advertisements in order to gain new consumers. They reference studies that show a drastic reduction of youth smoking in countries where tobacco advertising was

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