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Published Date: Jun 5, 2021

Pakistan offers cheapest cigarette prices in South Asia: study

The study titled: “Estimating the price elasticity for cigarette and chewed tobacco in Pakistan: evidence from micro-level data,” asked the policymakers to increase tax on tobacco products to make it out of the purchasing power of the youth.

The study said that tobacco industry in Pakistan was opposing any tax increase on the pretext of around 40pc illicit trade of tobacco products.

In the absence of any reliable estimates of price elasticities and illegal trade, policymakers often rely on the data provided by the industry and decide tax regimes that may favour them, it said.

The study highlighted the 2017 case when the industry obtained a favorable tax regime through the introduction of a three-tiered system without restricting the tier shifting of brands. Consequently, the brands in the second tier were shifted to the third tier, with lowest federal excise duty rates by the industry, bringing the cigarette prices down.

It said that based on the data and figures the study would support the idea that tax increase would reduce cigarette demand without raising illicit trade as argued by tobacco manufacturers when opposing any increase in tax rates.

With around 24 million active adult tobacco users, Pakistan ranks among the largest tobacco consuming countries in the world. The prevalence rates among men and women are 32.4pc and 5.7pc respectively.

Considering that tobacco consumption takes heavy toll on human health, Pakistan needs strict tobacco control measures, it said.

The study added the country has already signed the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in 2005 and since then has introduced various non-taxation policies including pictorial warnings on cigarette packs, smoking bans, ‘No Smoking’ signs in public places and vehicles, bans on cigarettes sale to minors, active advertisements campaigns and distribution of free samples.

However, the policies’ implementation is generally weak and raising concerns that contrary to its commitment of 30pc reduction in the tobacco prevalence by 2025, the smoking trend may actually rise in Pakistan.

The study said that the weakest action area in the country’s combat against tobacco is its taxation policy despite its being an effective tool to reduce tobacco consumption.

Globally, ample evidences exist for tobacco taxation policies that simultaneously result in curbing tobacco consumption and also help raising revenues.