The World Health Organisation has welcomed the government’s decision to impose ‘sin tax’ on tobacco products to improve patient’s care.
“We appreciate the move because it would lead to improvement in healthcare of the people. Several countries around the world are charging such taxes and use them for making the healthcare activities effective,” Dr Nima Saeed Abid, the WHO’s acting chief in Pakistan, told media. “We have been recommending such taxes and the money thus collected should be spent on public health, such as promoting nutrition, immunisation and prevention of non-communicable, cardiovascular and other diseases,” he said. “It can lead to promotion of public health and healthy life style and we support the move completely,” he said.
Earlier government of Pakistan has announced to impose sin tax on cigarettes and tobacco products. Federal Minister for National Health Services Aamer Mehmood Khan while addressing the Annual Public Health Conference revealed that: “We are sending a sin tax bill in the National Assembly in which taxes would be imposed on cigarettes and tobacco products.”He went on to add the accumulated tax would be invested on the youth in terms of their human development as well as in education. The notion of sin tax on products containing elements of tobacco, has also been materialized in Philippines, it was revealed.
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17 November, 2019