The Tobacco Control Alliance in Cuttack has demanded an increase in taxes on tobacco products in Budget 2023
It is one of the most powerful yet underutilized tools for controlling tobacco use. When taxes are tripled, income can double and tobacco consumption can be halved. A. This is a great opportunity to impose additional tax on tobacco to make it less expensive and reduce its consumption,” said Dr. Vishal Rao, a renowned gynecologist who is also a member of the Karnataka Govt. High Power Committee on Tobacco Control.
“Since the GST regime, there has been no significant increase in tax on tobacco. In Budget 2022-23, the government could have increased the excise duty on tobacco products and used the additional revenue to improve public health and create an alternative. could use for.livelihood for people dependent on tobacco.
There is an urgent need to increase the tax on tobacco to keep the youth and vulnerable people away from tobacco. So we request the government to increase the tobacco tax,” said Prof RS Deshpande, a leading economist and former director of the Institute of Social and Economic Change.