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Tobacco advertisement and the effects
Tobacco is one of the highly abused drugs though it is legal in almost all nations has about approximately 1.54 billion smokers worldwide and have been known to cause 6 million deaths annually due to direct and indirect smoking complications according to World Health Organization (W.H.O) on the report addressing tobacco epidemic, 1999. There have been controversial issues in use of tobacco and its effects to the human environment.Tobacco advertisement and the effects Advertisement of tobacco and its products through media, sponsorships and sporting events is one of the controversial issues in the current society due to its contribution to the increasing number of less than 18 years teenage smoking. Advertisements of tobacco has been banned in Australia and most of European Union despite the tobacco industry’s spending millions of shillings in advertisement though the number of tobacco users is known to be increasing daily due to the exposure of the tobacco products.
The national governments of many nations have been spending millions of dollars in educating and informing the general public on the effects of tobacco smoking. Government of the United States of America have been trying to control marketers and media companies who have been known to do harm to consumers by influencing them to adopt the habit of smoking without making the users aware of the consequences of smoking. Furthermore advertisers have been targeting a specified consumer groups especially the teenagers yet they does not expose the effects since the products are known to be dangerous.
The governing bodies should try to regulate the media advertisements on tobacco products and should make the marketers to make consumer aware of consumption of tobacco products. Government should ensure that marketers will embrace, communicate and practice the fundamental ethical values that will improve tobacco consumers’ confidence in integrity of the marketing system.
Tobacco consumption has been known to cause massive effects on human health and have been known to cause many diseases in human body yet the advertisers does not give warning on these effects. Lung cancer, stroke and heart complications which have been the main killer diseases in the modern society are known to have been caused by the consumption of the tobacco related products yet the advertisements of the tobacco have not been revealing the effects of consumption. Lung cancer is known to lower the manpower recourse since most of working class is known to be smokers or uses tobacco products.
Smoking among the teenagers will not only affect the breathing systems of the body but the reproductive system and the bones structures hence reducing their future productivity in work and in regeneration. Through advertisements the government should spear head the campaigns to make the college teenagers and young employees on the effects of smoking to human health.
The governments have been spending billions of shillings on the provision of health care the general public. In the United stated alone the government have been spending over $3.8 billion dollars annual cost in the health care bills and New York alone where about 25,400 live are lost annually due to smoking caused deaths, the health care bills are approximately $ 8.2 billion according to the report by Legacy, on Impacts of Tobacco in Environment.
By increasing taxation of the advertisements of tobacco products and increasing awareness of health effects of tobacco consumptions, most of governments budgets on health care bills and reduce death lost due to smoke caused illnesses as well as to reduce the loss of skilled manpower in the working sector.
Control and ban of advertisement of tobacco and its products have affected the revenues generated by the tobacco industries and their raw material producers. Most of the national governments have been increasing taxation of tobacco products with the aim of reducing its consumption, though this has not been effective. Although the consumers of tobacco have a right to know the truth about cigarettes’, harm caused to non smokers and children and have the freedom to choose any legal drug to consume, they should give priorities the effects of consumption of this product from broader perspectives such as economic effects. Governments should consider the effects of raising the taxation of tobacco products from the producers who may be using tobacco farming as the source of income, employees of tobacco companies and effects to nation industrialization.
Promotions of tobacco products have increase the number of consumers and this have had effects to the environment degradation especially in modern society where environmental management is an important issue in the protections of the natural surroundings. Tobacco cultivation have increased to the loss of biodiversity, land pollution and air pollution through use of agrochemicals as well as soil degradation due to over-cultivation since the tobacco plants requires high amount of nutrients in the soils at higher amounts that other crop plants.
Manufacturer of cigarettes have contributed to deforestation and wastage of wood products since the rolling machines can use up to 3,000 meters roll of paper per hour in rolling and packaging cigarettes. Tobacco advertisement and the effects High rate of smoking have contributed largely to the addition of carbon dioxide in atmosphere which is causing global warming as well as increased desertification due to deforestation and climate change. Due to this environment degradation issues, reduction should be made in consumptions of cigarettes and advertisement of its products. The general public should be educated on the effects of consumption of cigarettes to environment since to reverse these effects may take time and resources.
In conclusion, advertisements have been costing national government resources in educating the masses, deteriorations of human health, increased taxation of tobacco products, and degradation of the environment. By reducing the consumptions of tobacco products the government expenditures on health care will be reduced and the saving of the middle income earners who uses has of their earnings on health care. San Francisco audit firm estimated that the City Council spends $7 million annually to clean the cigarette wastes hence reduction in smoking could save the funds which would be used to in development projects.