Cigarettes are some of the most abused drugs in the world and the effects associated with smoking have greatly influenced the intervention of health professionals concerning the legality of smoking advertisements. Ethical and legal issues have come up over the essence of restricting or completely banning cigarette advertising to reduce the number of affected individuals. Cigarettes have since time immemorial been established to cause a wide range of infections and diseases. The most common disease caused by cigarettes is cancer and since the drug affects smokers and non-smokers as well, there has been a widespread call to illegalize cigarette advertising.
The rationale behind banning cigarette advertising is to reduce the influence that adverts have on young and inexperienced smokers. In addition, the adverts have are believed to boost cigarette sales and lure unsuspecting victims do as to increase consumer demand. For this reason, cigarette-manufacturing companies have been using adverts to influence increased consumption without paying attention to the underlying dangers associated with the consumption of this harmful drug.
In spite of the effects associated with cigarette smoking and the dangers of influenced consumption of cigarettes, some researchers believe there is no need to ban cigarette smoking. Various reasons exist to support the legalization of cigarette advertising (Blecher 937). One of the reasons that should discourage enacting a ban on cigarette advertising is the economic gains generated by cigarette manufacturing companies, tobacco farmers and the government.
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