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Published Date: Jan 3, 2021

Regional tobacco tax regime & its implications for health


The World Health Organization has termed tobacco as pandemic due to which around 08 million people die annually causing hefty losses to healthcare systems. South Asia bears the majority of health costs due to tobacco usage. The study analyzes the correlation between tax regime and tobacco consumption and comes out with a comparison of tobacco tax regimes in South Asian states, including Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. The study analyzes that high taxation and increased prices may result in decreased use of tobacco products. It further concludes that the region is much behind in controlling the consumption of cigarettes and other tobacco-related products. The varying tax systems in the region show the influence of tobacco companies in decision-making and lack of laws implementation in controlling the use of tobacco products. The study stresses the need to stop the tobacco lobby from wielding its influence at all legislative platforms. It further calls for using media to aware the youth about the harmful effects of smoking as well as banning tobacco advertisements on mainstream media.