The Ban On Tobacco Advertising

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Tobacco advertising bans have become commonplace in developed nations but are less prevalent in developing countries. The importance of advertising bans as part of comprehensive tobacco control strategies has been emphasized by the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control which calls for comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising. The empirical literature suggests that comprehensive advertising bans have played a role in reducing consumption in developed countries but that limited policies have not. This paper extends this analysis to include 30 developing countries and finds that bans do play an important role in reducing tobacco consumption in these countries. It finds that both comprehensive as well as limited policies are effective in reducing consumption although comprehensive bans have a far greater impact than limited ones. Furthermore, it finds that advertising bans may be even more effective in the developing world than they are in the developed world. The ban on tobacco ads by the Indian Government surely raises many concerns and ethical arguments going back and forth. There are those that strongly support such a ban, and there are those that strongly oppose it. They each have differing views and counter arguments to arguments presented. I plan to summarize each view in support of and against the ban, discuss the conflict of interest as it pertains to the government of India, as well as give my opinion on what governments should do in regards to tobacco advertising. The first thing I plan to do is summarize the arguments in favor of the ban on tobacco advertising by the government of India. It is stated that this ban is already something that goes on in other countries. The article states in the section tit... ... middle of paper ... ... to distinguish products of differing qualities which in turn slows down the progression of Indian consumers up the scale from harmful consumption to more refined forms. Now my view is quite unique. I can understand both sides. Due to the fact that such a ban could actually lead to greater tobacco consumption among youth, I could see this turning out terribly. But, I would actually be in support of a ban IF done in a constructive manner. For example, I believe people should be educated on TV about the harmful effects of tobacco as well as the positives (if any). And if there are health benefits, then advertise FOR the benefits, yet educate about the harmful effects to prevent people from going crazy. People do need a choice, but where is the line drawn? If we ban one product’s advertising on a harmful product, we need to ban it on all of the rest as well.

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