Anti-tobacco orgs express frustration

Staff Correspondent

4 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Anti-tobacco campaigning organisations on Thursday expressed their frustration over the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2021-22. 

Two anti-tobacco organisations -- Progga and Atma -- expressed their frustration in an instant budget reaction. Due to the impact of the proposed budget, tobacco products will be more affordable for the masses, said a written statement.

“The proposed budget, if implemented, will considerably reduce the real prices of cigarettes and encourage the poor and the youth demographic to get hooked on smoking,” said the statement. 

The roganisations said keeping the prices of and the taxes on bidi and smokeless tobacco (jarda and gul) unchanged will pose greater health risk to the low income people, particularly women.   

If the proposed budget is finally passed, tobacco companies will be the only beneficiaries and the government will lose revenue opportunities, they said.