Tax imposition on tobacco can decrease rapid consumption among youth

Islamabad,   (Parliament Times) : Sana Ullah Ghumman, General Secretary of the Pakistan National Heart Association (PANAH), said the tax would prevent potential tobacco users from smoking, And forces existing users to leave, The imposition of a tobacco tax is an effective policy to prevent tobacco-related diseases and deaths in children and young people.
Sana Ullah Ghumman, referring to a recent study published by PIDE, said that 60% of smokers start smoking during adolescence,Some of them are up to six years old.One of the main reasons for starting smoking at an early age is the cheapness of cigarettes. Very few people start smoking in the 40’s, when the price goes up, young people will not be able to smoke and will not like to go for cheap brands, it will prove to be an effective way to get rid of the young man’s smoking habit.
Studies show that very few of these consumers turn to cheaper products, with only 2.6% switching to different brands or other tobacco products in response to price increases. If the price of a stick of cigarettes is 35.80, then the price of a pack of 20 cigarettes will be equal to 716 rupees (US 4. 4.5), while the price of cigarettes in Pakistan is very cheap.
He said that most smokers choose to quit or reduce smoking instead of resorting to cheap products. The current WHO-suggested excise tax threshold is 70 percent as the proportion of the retail price.Therefore, taxes should be increased at least to the extent that they have a significant impact on reducing cigarette use in Pakistan.
The results of the report published on PIDE prove that the availability of cheap cigarettes in Pakistan is a major cause of smoking among the youth, so the cause of expensive cigarettes will be an effective means of discouraging them from breaking the habit.

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