Anti Tobacco Case Study

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In 2001, the government of India announced that it would issue a ban on advertising for all Tobacco Companies within the country’s borders. This ban would be in effect for any media source within the country. As a first step of an anti-Tobacco program, the ban’s ultimate goal is to discourage smokers, particularly in teens and young adults, away from the use of tobacco. There are those who support this ban with the contention that it will have little effect on the country’s economy and will ultimately save lives. Opposition to the ban contend that there is an inability to achieve the desired end result and the ban is an over-step by the Indian government into an individual 's personal habits and is a way for the government to dictate the morality of its citizens. The announcement has sparked an ethical dilemma for the Indian government. Although a huge step towards an anti-Tobacco program for India, this type of ban on advertising tobacco products is not unprecedented. The governmental officials in India are intending to follow suit with the precedent set forth by countries like France, Belgium, Finland and Norway; who have all participated in implementing an advertising ban for tobacco…show more content…
While I am not a proponent of tobacco products, but I do believe that each person should have the right to choose what is right for their unique situation. I do agree the government should play a part of informing the public about the health risks and dangers these items impose when used. In my opinion, educating the consumer on the negative effects of smoking would be the government’s best defense against tobacco products. However, an individual’s rights and freedoms should not be infringed upon by the government and their informed choices should be respected by others. Everyone should have the ability to make an informed decision concerning their own
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