Health Desk-14 June, 2019: The 2019-2020 national budget spoke of government’s plan to discourage smoking by hiking prices of all kind tobacco products like cigarette, bidi, zarda and gul, which would force smokers to quit or pay more.
While placing the national budget for fiscal 2019-20 at Jatiya Sangsad on Thursday Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said, “Considering the health-risk and harmful effects of 92 tobacco products and to maintain compliance with global anti-smoking policy, we are committed to reduce the use of tobacco and maximize revenue collection from this sector” .
Smokeless tobacco like Zarda and Gul were included for being two health-hazardous items like cigarette and bidi. The detrimental impacts on health from consuming these items are even greater since these items are directly consumed.
Mustafa Kamal proposed fixing the price of every 10 sticks of low segment cigarette at Taka 37 and the supplementary duty rate to 55 percent.