Pros And Cons Of The Ban On Tobacco Advertising

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In the article “Ban on tobacco ads by the government of India” (page 2,3), the arguments in favor of a ban on tobacco advertising provide some of the following points: Precedents in other countries who have imposed bans on tobacco advertising show that laws enforcing the bans were upheld by the courts in Belgium and France. They point out that in these countries freedom of choice is respected but when a product can be dangerous or a detriment to public health the state has the right to ban advertising. This has already been done for other products like firearms and pharmaceutical products. Statistics are given showing the number of deaths that are caused by tobacco and that the health care cost outweigh the economic benefits of production and sales of tobacco. The fear that the advertising was inducing children and young people to smoke and that the advertising was targeting young people was pointed out. The argument for the ban also reports that the losses in tobacco jobs would create more jobs in labor intensive industries due to the fact that money not spent on tobacco would be spent on other goods. Case studies of 4 countries that had bans on advertising showed significant drops in consumption of tobacco ranging from 14% to 37%. There is a worldwide downward trend in the use of tobacco products. However, there is a much steeper downward trend in countries that have a complete ban on tobacco advertising and a graph is provided to illustrate this. These are the basic
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