Government decides to put health tax on cigarettes and cold drinks

Government decides to put health tax on cigarettes and cold drinks

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The government has decided to add health tax on cigarettes and cold drinks.

According to sources, it will be a part of the budget for next year, 2019-2020.

Tax worth Rs10 will be imposed on a pack of cigarettes worth Rs20, said Babar Atta, who is the adviser for tobacco control. He said that the tax will be applied on carbonated drinks too. The government will charge Rs1 on 250ml bottles.

The government aims to earn Rs50 billion tax through this.

The tax is being implemented to discourage people from smoking, added Atta.

 The money will be used to provide free medical treatment to people using Sehat cars, he explained. Sehat Insaf Card allows one household to get medical treatment up to Rs720,000 from a private or a government hospital.
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