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Consumer VOICE Outreach – Tobacco Control: Higher Taxation Needed

As part of ongoing efforts on tobacco control, Consumer VOICE with its state partners across India expressed disappointment regarding the treatment of tobacco under the Union Budget presented on 1 February 2017. The excise increase proposed on tobacco products in the 2017–18 Budget fell far short of even

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Include bidis in GST regime

Include bidis in GST regime
Mark Goodchild and Henk Bekedam
The government should ensure that all tobacco products, including bidis and smokeless tobacco, are taxed at the highest rate of the Goods and Services Tax
The introduction of a national Goods and Services Tax (GST) in India promises

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Tobacco – an evil we live with

Number of tobacco users in India is 274.9 million
Mean age of tobacco users in India is 17.9 years
52% of adults are exposed to second hand smoke

                                                                                                       (Source: GATS 2010 Survey Data)
These are some numbers which see an increase with every passing hour.

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COTPA Act openly violated near schools in Delhi

COTPA Act openly violated near schools in Delhi

Speaking to one of the correspondents of a leading national daily, Mr. Ashim Sanyal, COO, Consumer VOICE, India revealed that COTPA (Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003) is openly violated near the school of

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