Imposing higher taxes on tobacco products stressed

RAJSHAHI, Antitobacco campaigners at a programme here

today underscored the need for imposing higher taxes on tobacco products

aiming to discourage the people from consuming cigarettes and other tobacco

products.

They also called for formulating a specific tax policy on tobacco to

reduce consumption significantly while addressing a postrally discussion

titled 'Imposing Specific Excise Taxes on All Tobacco Products' here .

Association for Community Development (ACD) organised the meeting at Shaheb

Bazar Zero Point in the city demanding formulation of tax policy on tobacco

products to enhance taxes on tobacco products.

ACD Finance Director Pankaj Karmaker, Programme Manager Shahinur Rahman,

Project Coordinator Abdur Razzaque, Advocacy Officer Shariful Islam and

Project Officer Ahsan Ullah Sarker addressed the meeting.

The speakers put emphasis on combating the existing violation of the

tobacco control law for protecting public health from noncommunicable

diseases.

He said the number of mobile court should be enhanced both in rural and

urban areas including some key areas �

railway stations, bus terminals and amusement areas to ensure sound

atmosphere for the people.

Various issues like abolishment of various levels of tobacco tax, imposing

two percent surcharge on tobacco products, adjustment of specific amount of

excise tax on tobacco products were discussed elaborately in the meeting.

Highlighting different negative impacts of tobacco consumption,

Project Coordinator Abdur Razzaque said the government should impose

higher taxes to protect human health and economic losses.

Referring to a latest survey report on tobacco usage he added that around

one lakh people are killed annually from tobaccorelated diseases in

Bangladesh.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)