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Tax hiked on tobacco products for human and fiscal health
Economic cost of diseases caused by tobacco is 12 per cent more than the money spent by Centre and state together on healthcare in India, says a study

10 July 2014: Accepting the recommendations made by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, on Thursday, 10 July 2014 increased the excise duty on cigarettes, pan masala and other tobacco products.

Jaitley proposed to increase the specific excise duty on cigarettes in the range of 11 to 72 per cent. Similar increases were proposed on cigars, cheroots and cigarillos. The excise duty will be increased from 12 per cent to 16 per cent on pan masala, from 50 per cent to 55 per cent on unmanufactured tobacco and from 60 per cent to 70 per cent on gutkha and chewing tobacco.

The finance minister, in his budget speech, said, “These are healthy measures and I hope everyone would welcome them from the point of view of human and fiscal health.” He also proposed to levy an additional duty of excise at 5 per cent on aerated drinks containing added sugar. read more...

 
E-cigarettes may be as addictive for nicotine content
Mumbai July 22, 2014: The rising popularity of electronic cigarettes, popularly called e-cigarettes, is the latest concern among public health experts. E-cigarettes are battery-operated contraptions that look like cigarettes and produce vapor instead of smoke. They were introduced over four years ago as a method to help smokers quit the habit but the latest medical research shows they may just be as addictive as normal cigarettes due to the nicotine content. Maharashtra is among the few states, along with Punjab, to have banned e-cigarettes, but the product is reportedly freely available on the internet. Doctors say Mumbai's youth, too, are increasingly taking to e-cigarettes. "Tobacco companies are behind the manufacture of e-cigarettes. read more...
 
Union Budget 2014-15: Healthcare industry hails budget, welcomes cigarette excise
New Delhi July 11, 2014: Stakeholders of the healthcare sector Thursday hailed the union budget for its stress on quality healthcare and increase in the excise duty on tobacco and tobacco products. ‘Provisions in this year’s budget for healthcare are indicative of the focus on ensuring that quality healthcare reaches every level of the demographic pyramid,’ said Amit Mookim, partner and head of healthcare practice of KPMG. ‘Provisions like AIIMS in all states, 12 more medical colleges and 15 Model Rural Health Research Centres also aim to address the infrastructure deficit and bridge the rural-urban disparity,’ he said. However, Mookim said the healthcare sector should have been provided with an industry status with incentives for domestic manufacturing of medical devices and consumables. read more...
Hon'ble Prime Minister turns RCR tobacco-free zone
Mr Narendra Modi on Thursday turned Race Course Road (RCR) into a no-smoking zone. Modi has endorsed the idea of health minister Harsh Vardhan to make India tobacco free. Sources said a few days back Modi was out early morning at around 5 am and smelt tobacco in the air. He reportedly saw a Special Protection Group official smoking in one corner. Modi decided not to embarrass the official and chose a different path instead for his morning walk. On Thursday, there was a notice at the RCR requesting people not to smoke inside the premises as this could pollute the environment. It also pointed at the ill effects of tobacco. All security officers were asked to comply with the ‘request letter’ from the PM, which sought their cooperation to make India a tobacco free country.
 
Dr Harshvardhan asks states to levy a minimum of 50% tax on tobacco
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World No Tobacco Day 2014 - State level consultations held in Assam, Odisha and UP
To observe World No Tobacco Day at state level on the global theme for 2014, WHO-India in collaboration with Voluntary Health Association of India through its partners in Assam, Odisha & Uttar Pradesh organized half day consultations on “Raise Taxes on Tobacco” in June 2014.

The consultations brought together stakeholders from various ministries – Health, Finance, Revenue & experts from media, civil society, academia and others to discuss challenges and opportunities in the implementation of raising taxes. During the consultations, the Health Cost Study & State Fact-Sheets jointly published by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, World Health Organization and Public Health Foundation of India was released.. VHAI media team provided complete support to the state team in terms of preparing press invitees and drafting of press releases etc. Regional media in all the three states covered the event both through print and electronic mediums.

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