Raising the price of low-cost cigarettes to reduce health risks: seminar

The government should raise the price of cigarettes to the lower level to increase government revenue and minimize health risks, social workers suggested at a seminar on Saturday.

They suggested that tier cigarette prices should be increased in view of rising per capita income and inflation.

They made the recommendations during a seminar held at the ERF auditorium on “Tobacco Price and Tax” jointly organized by the Dhaka Ahsania Mission and the Business Journalists Forum that day.

Unnayan Shamannay’s director, Abdullah Nadvi, gave the keynote presentation.

Nadvi said the current cigarette duty structure was complex and should be simplified.

He proposed that the price of each pack of low level 10 stick cigarettes be set at Tk 50 from the existing 39 Tk and that the price of mid level pack of 10 stick cigarettes be set at Tk 75 from 63 Tk.

He also suggested raising the price of cigarettes to the next level.

Dhaka Ahsania Mission Deputy Director Mokhlesur Rahman said increasing taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products could help the government to make the nation a tobacco-free nation by 2041.

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