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25 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Hike in tobacco tax demanded

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Hike in tobacco tax demanded

With the demand for stronger implementation and increased taxation on all tobacco-related products, a march was organised yesterday from Shahbag to Press Club in the capital.

Following Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM)’s tobacco control the initiative, National Heart Foundation, Association for Community Development (ACD), Young Power in Social Action (YPSA), Shushashoner Jonno Procharavijan (SUPRO), Bangladesh Institute of Theatre Arts (BITA), Tamak birodhi Nari Jot (TABINAJ) and other tobacco control organisation took part in the march.  

All the anti-tobacco organisations demand that the following should be reflected in the final budget for the year 2019-2020 – at the bottom level, 10 sticks of cigarette should be priced BDT 50 instead of BDT 37. Cigarettes of this low tier should be put on 60 per cent excise tax replacing the 55 per cent tax structure.

Also, it is necessary to increase excise tax to 70 per cent replacing the 65per cent tax among the mid, high and premium tier of cigarettes. Price of every 10 sticks of such cigarettes should be added with fixed of 5 taka excise tax. The discrimination between filtered and non-filtered bidi should be abolished and MRP should be fixed at 35 BDT with 45per cent excise tax, and 6 BDT fixed for the excise price. Among the other forms of tobacco, every 10gm of tobacco leaf (Jarda) should be made 35 BDT, and every 10gm of Gul should be made 20 BDT. Price of every 10gm of Jarda and Gul should be added with 5 and 3 BDT of specific tax respectively. They also demand that the unprocessed tobacco tax should remain as 10% and processed tobacco tax should be increased to 25per cent. To prevent the tax waiver of the tobacco companies, current VAT and supplementary Duty Act-2012 (Section 46, subsection 03 and clue-E) should be put into action, where it has made prohibited to take such advantages on tobacco and alcohol products.

Meanwhile, BSS adds from Rajshahi : Anti-tobacco campaigners at a programme here yesterday underscored the need for imposing higher taxes on tobacco products aiming to discourage the people from consuming cigarettes and other tobacco products.

They also called for formulating a specific tax policy on tobacco to reduce consumption significantly while addressing a post-rally discussion titled ‘Imposing Specific Excise Taxes on All Tobacco Products’ here.

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