Tobacco taxation reforms proposal tabled to get additional revenue: Mirza
ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of National Health Services has tabled an ambitious tobacco taxation reforms proposal for consideration in the upcoming budget to seek Rs 24 billion as additional tax revenue which will be used for saving the lives of public.
In a statement, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza said that the government has enforced Graphic Health Warning on 60% space of cigarettes packs and outers, banning its sale to under 18 years of age.
He said that the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken major strides in the realm of tobacco control. Federal Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, in coordination with the provinces, has developed a draft national policy to sustain the tobacco control efforts in Pakistan, he added.
“We have under SRO 71 (I) /2020 of “Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non Smoker’s Health Ordinance 2002, banned all forms of Tobacco Advertising, Promotions and Sponsorship and related products.”
Mirza said “We have successfully implemented a Smoke Free Islamabad Model through 85% compliance of tobacco control laws.”
All public parks, high-rise buildings, food outlets and public transport are smoke free in Islamabad. – APP