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Youth urge PM to increase taxes on tobacco products on National Youth Day

Over 500 youths including youth associations across the country have urged the Prime Minister and Finance Minister to increase taxes on all tobacco products in the upcoming budget of 2022-23. In their appeals, they urged to increase excise duty on cigarettes, beedis and smokeless tobacco. The appeal came on the eve of National Youth Day...

Public health groups urge govt to hike excise duty on tobacco products

According to them, increasing excise on all tobacco products can be a very effective policy measure to address the immediate need to raise revenue by the central government. Public health groups, along with economists and doctors, have urged the government to increase excise duty on all tobacco products in the Union Budget of 2022-23 to...

Proposed amendment to tobacco products act puts livelihood of millions of women in jeopardy: Study

Synopsis The study delves into the impact this COTPA amendment will have on millions of women beedi rollers in the country. The report said that until skill-building and alternative employment is provided on a large scale for their livelihood, Beedi rolling is the only viable occupation for millions of women across India. The study states...

Indonesia to raise tobacco excise by 12per cent on average in 2022

Indonesia will raise excise tax rate for tobacco products by an average 12per cent next year, with a higher increase for machine-rolled cigarettes than hand rolled cigarettes, which will see a maximum 4.5per cent hike, its finance minister said. Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the decision took into account the government's target to reduce smoking among...

Government sets up expert panel on tobacco tax policy

The mandate of the group includes analyzing current tax structure of all forms of tobacco, including smokeless tobacco, and suggesting various tax rate models for consideration in the preparation of FY23 and future Union budgets. The government has set up an expert group led by a senior official in the health ministry to prepare...

India: Govt To Enforce Ban On Sale Of Tobacco Products Near Hospitals, Edu Inst

The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad Wednesday chaired a meeting of District Level Coordination Committee under National Tobacco Control Programme to review the implementation of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Act (COPTA) at DC Office here. During the meeting, the DC laid stress on the need of awareness generation among the masses regarding...

Misinformation, attacks from NGOs obstruct tobacco harm reduction in LMICs

Misinformation and attacks from well-funded international non-government organizations are among the key obstacles to the adoption of tobacco harm reduction (THR) and mitigation of deaths from smoking in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), according to health policy experts. Representatives from countries like India, Ukraine, Kenya, and Mexico enumerated the factors that are hindering LMICs from...

India: Why Parliament needs to take up the pending amendments in Tobacco Control Laws

The government must take note of the views of experts and make laws on tobacco products more stringent. The unprecedented rise in the number of deaths due to the diseases caused by tobacco consumption is adding to the woes of the government in general and the Union Health Ministry in particular as the spending of...

India: Tobacco control needs to be pursued like mission, says Harsh Vardhan

Tobacco use is so interwoven in our society that untiring efforts are required to fight this epidemic and tobacco control needs to be pursued like a mission, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said. Tobacco use is so interwoven in our society that untiring efforts are required to fight this epidemic and tobacco control needs to be...

Vital Strategies launches crowdsourcing tool to monitor tobacco marketing in India

Vital Strategies has launched a digital crowdsourcing tool to monitor tobacco marketing in India.  Each year, the tobacco industry spends millions of dollars on marketing to increase tobacco consumption, particularly among youth. With more than 267 million tobacco users in India, a new digital platform from the global health organisation Vital Strategies identifies tobacco...