Government decides to impose ‘Sin tax’ on tobacco products

ISLAMABAD: National Health Services Minister Aamer Mehmood Khan has announced on Tuesday that the government has decided to impose a ‘sin tax’ on all tobacco products.

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While addressing the Annual Public Health Conference, the minister said that a ‘sin tax’ bill would be sent in the National Assembly. “According to that bill, taxes would be imposed on cigarettes and tobacco products,” Aamer Khan said.

Moreover, the price of cigarettes is expected to rise in view of the government’s decision. The health ministry is considering various options regarding the sin tax. It is planning to impose Rs5-15 tax on cigarettes. Sources said that the sin tax can create generate billions for the government.

Pakistan will be the second country to impose a sin tax on cigarettes after the Philippines.

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