The Pros And Cons Of Tobacco Advertising In India

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The IBS Center for Research Management (ICMR) puts together a collection of management case studies from Asia. One such study involved a proposed bill that would ban tobacco advertising in India. The ICMR article, “Ban on Tobacco Ads by the Government of India” discussed the arguments for and against a ban, as well as raised some moral dilemmas. This essay will summarize these issues. The Indian Government justified the ban on tobacco advertising by focusing on how tobacco impacts the following topics: citizen’s health, the Indian economy, young people, and the effectiveness of the ban. However, for each of these topics, the Tobacco industry made persuasive counter-arguments against the ban. For each topic, the point and counter-point…show more content…
The tobacco industry added 12% of the total excise revenue to India’s Exchequer. Experts believe a ban on advertising would have a negative effect to Exchequer y decreasing contributions. The ban creates an unfair disadvantage to the tobacco industry in the marketplace. The bill banning advertising made no suggestion that tobacco products should be illegal. Therefore, the industry should be able to advertise like all other industries. Indian tobacco companies are further disadvantaged because the advertisements of foreign tobacco companies will still reach the Indian public. The underlying point is that the proposed ban is an insult to the tobacco industry - considering that it is the third largest tobacco producer in the…show more content…
I believe the over-arching aim of the government should be to guide the making of a free and prosperous society. If this is accomplished with complete success, people would live up to their potential, be happy, and fulfil their dreams. In this utopia scenario, people would not use guns to kill other citizens and people would not drink soda in such excess that it correlates to an obesity problem. However, no such perfect society exists and sometimes dangerous products need to be outlawed. In my opinion, I support the status quo. When a product becomes increasingly deadly and dangerous to its people, elected representatives can vote on legislation to ban such products and those bans should be
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