Tobacco Advertising : Should Not Be Banned

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Tobacco Advertising: To Ban or Not to Ban? Tobacco is a 100 percent legal substance that some want banned altogether.Tobacco has been a controversial substance ever since doctors found that it causes health problems, but the problem does not lie with the substance. Many people choose to smoke even with though the majority of studies prove that smoking is unhealthy. There is a fine line between tobacco companies selling their product and forcing it into the publics mouths when it is clear that many are more than willing to pay for tobacco. Although tobacco advertising can negatively influence young people, the government should not ban tobacco companies from advertising in media because they are trying to influence better choices, go by the guidelines, help the United States economy, and exercise their First Amendment right. Conversely, people think tobacco advertising has a negative influence on youth, but smokers know the hazards of smoking and parents. "Alcohol and Tobacco Advertising" provides data showing tobacco companies may just have greedy intentions. According to the article, "Other companies have also produced cigarettes and smokeless products with flavors similar to those found in candy, such as berry, mint, and cherry" ("Alcohol and Tobacco Advertising"). Anti tobacco advocates argue that tobacco companies are using certain flavors that would appeal to a younger audience. They believe tobacco companies put out attractive flavors with the intention of luring in children to either want or buy these products in the future. "Alcohol and Tobacco Advertising" also gives a statistic on what children suffer from when they start this detrimental habit. According to the author, "The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids estimates ... ... middle of paper ... ...nes, advances United States economy, and employ their First Amendment right. Children are like sponges, absorbing all of what they see and if that included tobacco advertisements then they will go down a path of health problems. Tobacco companies are trying to put their customers on healthier products rather than purposely expose youth to tobacco, which should be the parents fault for not monitoring or teaching them about it. Tobacco advertisements have many rules they have to follow which includes having warning labels not only on their product, but on advertising as well. United States citizens are big on having their rights, tobacco companies should have the same rights and their freedom to advertise should not be infringed. With everything considered, tobacco companies are not in the wrong, they are just trying to sell a product that many people want to consume.
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