SPARC praises the government for increasing the FED on cigarettes – Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: The Society for the Protection of Children’s Rights (SPARC) appreciated the government for increasing the Federal Excise Duty (FED) on cigarettes despite pressure from the big tobacco industry, as an increase of 10 % will help save precious lives and financial resources.

Dr Ziauddin Islam – Country Officer – Vital Strategies/ Former Head/Technical Director, Tobacco Control Cell, Ministry of NHSR&C/ Former Government of Pakistan Technical Focal Point for WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC ) – stated that with this increase in smoking taxation, there will be 200,000 fewer smokers; 1.2% reduction in adult smoking prevalence; 1.23% reduction in smoking intensity in adults; 71,900 lives saved; and an additional 27.4 billion rupees of total FED revenue, an increase of at least 25.1%.

While acknowledging the government’s effort, he mentioned that these results were achieved after an incredible and constant struggle. He recommended that the prices of tobacco products be increased every year in line with inflation and WHO guidelines.

Malik Imran, National Campaign Leader for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK), appreciated the government and mentioned that millions of people will benefit from this initiative. He pointed out that children and low-income people are the main target of the tobacco industry. Due to its affordability and affordability, 1,200 children start smoking every day. Therefore, these revised tiered prices are an innovative way to protect young people and low-income groups from the harms of tobacco.

Khalil Ahmed Dogar, SPARC program manager, underlined the importance of this undertaking. He said that every year the tobacco industry tries to manipulate policymakers to fill its coffers at the expense of the lives of more than 170,000 people who die from diseases caused and aggravated by the use of tobacco products. tobacco. Tobacco control activists work tirelessly to help the government stand firm against the tobacco industry’s misleading campaigns.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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