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Levy on cigarettes in next budget, says Dr Sultan

313ghazi

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ISLAMABAD:
The government is all set to implement a health levy on cigarettes from the coming fiscal year to discourage smoking, boost revenues and reduce the number of non-communicable diseases caused by the use of tobacco like cancer, diabetes and stroke.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Public Health, Dr Faisal Sultan, said that his ministry was working to incorporate the health levy bill on cigarettes into the upcoming Finance Bill to implement it across the country.

He said the health levy on cigarettes should have been implemented from the previous fiscal year after the federal cabinet approved the health levy in June 2019, but this could not happen owing to a number of reasons and administrative shortcomings. The federal cabinet approval is yet to be implemented.

"This delay in implementation of the health levy is causing a loss of around Rs38 billion annually to the national exchequer because of the lower tax collection."

The special assistant has vowed not to accept pressure from any influential industry to further delay the imposition of the levy, adding that the levy would help collect additional billions of rupees in taxes that would go a long way towards improving the health infrastructure of the country.

 

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Yes, finally. Put heavy tax on all non essentials. Also legalize alcohol and put 3000% tax on it. Idher dekha honga haraam khorro ko, who support alcohol consumption in Pakistan, they get their drink through various means but they get it without any hurdle, cheaply. So why not make it heavily taxed, they wanna enjoy haraam, they should pay the cost then.

And stop with the indirect taxes on essential items. Ty, very much.
 

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Yes, finally. Put heavy tax on all non essentials. Also legalize alcohol and put 3000% tax on it. Idher dekha honga haraam khorro ko, who support alcohol consumption in Pakistan, they get their drink through various means but they get it without any hurdle, cheaply. So why not make it heavily taxed, they wanna enjoy haraam, they should pay the cost then.

And stop with the indirect taxes on essential items. Ty, very much.
I agree with you but no government in Pakistan has the balls to legalize alcohol. The mullahs will be out in protest burning everything in their way.
 

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Where will all this money be spent?

On Bhutto glorification or paying some 100 odd fan advisors employed by the GoP?
 

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What’s next, chai? This is slowly how they start taking your freedoms away and start dictating your life.
Bro for your own sake and the sake of your family stop smoking. Chai won't kill you, cigarettes will. It's OK when you're young, the heart disease and lung problems hit you in the 50s and 60s.

Forget tax, that is neither here nor there.
 

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Bro for your own sake and the sake of your family stop smoking. Chai won't kill you, cigarettes will. It's OK when you're young, the heart disease and lung problems hit you in the 50s and 60s.

Forget tax, that is neither here nor there.
Anything without moderation can potentially kill you, but I don’t need the government making that decision for me.
 

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Put heavy levy on all the exported TEA. Tea isn’t essential, people in Pakistan are addicted to it.
Yes, finally. Put heavy tax on all non essentials. Also legalize alcohol and put 3000% tax on it. Idher dekha honga haraam khorro ko, who support alcohol consumption in Pakistan, they get their drink through various means but they get it without any hurdle, cheaply. So why not make it heavily taxed, they wanna enjoy haraam, they should pay the cost then.

And stop with the indirect taxes on essential items. Ty, very much.
Agree, anything that is imported and is not essential should be heavily Taxed. Starting from household chars like Imported Tea.
 

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Yes, finally. Put heavy tax on all non essentials. Also legalize alcohol and put 3000% tax on it. Idher dekha honga haraam khorro ko, who support alcohol consumption in Pakistan, they get their drink through various means but they get it without any hurdle, cheaply. So why not make it heavily taxed, they wanna enjoy haraam, they should pay the cost then.

And stop with the indirect taxes on essential items. Ty, very much.
Man cigarettes this side of the pond plus liquor are taxed to no mans' land. Good. Do it.
 

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