ADIC urges rational tax policy on tobacco

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The Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) urged Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to implement a rational tax policy on tobacco products.

Issuing a statement on ‘World No Tobacco Day’ which is celebrated, today (31), the ADIC said if the Premier and the CBSL officials make necessary interventions to rectify the discrepancies in the application of tobacco tax policy, it will help to ease the burden on the underprivileged people who bear the brunt of the economic crisis.

The ADIC noted that even though tobacco is harmful in many aspects, the tobacco industry makes efforts to restore its reputation by claiming they operate in an environmentally friendly manner.

“In the past, in line with the global best practices, Sri Lanka has taken several important positive measures to control tobacco use, including tax increases, leading to significant revenue boosts for government. This benefitted public in health aspects too,” the statement said.

By Nabiya Vaffoor