No Smoking in India: If you are a smoker and like to buy loose cigarettes, then this news is for you. The government is planning to ban the sale of single cigarettes to curb the consumption of tobacco products. As per reports, the Standing Committee of Parliament has recommended a ban on the sale of single cigarettes to control tobacco use. The committee believes that the tobacco control campaign is being affected by the sale of loose cigarettes. The committee has also suggested getting rid of smoking zones at all airports.
The WHO had some basic guidelines!
No Smoking in India: According to the guidelines of WHO, the Government of India should impose 75% GST on tobacco products. As per the latest tax slabs, GST is levied at 22% on bidis, 53% on cigarettes and 64% on smokeless tobacco in the country. The Standing Committee has taken note of the fact that despite adding GST, there has not been much increase in tax on tobacco products.According to media reports, the Standing Committee of Parliament has recommended that the sale of loose cigarettes be banned across the country. It is believed that this decision can be taken before the announcement of the Parliament session of the Union Budget next year.
No Smoking in India: 3.5 lakh people die every year!
The committee highlighted that consumption of alcohol and tobacco products increases the risk of cancer. About 3.5 lakh people die every year in India due to smoking. Smoking in public places is already banned in India. There can be a fine of up to 200 rupees for breaking the rule. The government has also banned the advertisement of tobacco products. It may be noted that three years ago, the Union Government, on the recommendation made by the Ministry of Health, banned the sale of e-cigarettes across the country due to several dangerous health effects. Even after the increase in GST on tobacco, there has not been much impact on the price of tobacco products in India.