Increase Tobacco Products’ Prices through Specific Taxes Demanded

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Last Updated on March 23, 2022

Anti-Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA) met with the National Board of Revenue (NBR) in a pre-budget discussion on 16 February 2022 voicing its demand to set the price of 10 sticks of low-tier cigarettes at BDT 50 and to hike prices of all tobacco products by imposing specific taxes.

The Chairman of NBR Abu Hena Md. Rahmatul Muneem along with other NBR officials discussed the tobacco taxation issue with ATMA delegates that include Shahnaz Munni, Chief News Editor, News24, Monir Hossain Liton, Joint Chief News Editor, Ekattor Television; Mortuza Haider Liton, Chief Crime Correspondent, bdnews24.com and Convener, ATMA; Nadira Kiron, News Editor, ATN Bangla and Co-convener, ATMA; and Mizan Chowdhury, Senior Reporter, Daily Jugantor and Co-convener, ATMA. On behalf of ATMA, 2022-23 budget proposals for tobacco price and tax were presented and a copy of the proposal was handed over to the Honorable Chairman of NBR.

In the reflection of the proposal, the NBR Chairman said, “We are aware of the massive healthcare cost incurred by tobacco use. Although taxation and price increase involve a number of other factors, we want to see tobacco use decrease. Revenues can come from other sources. So, we will try to accommodate proposals presented by ATMA based on all circumstantial factors involved”.

ATMA’s budget proposal was covered extensively in major leading newspapers (65 reports; print/online 59 and TV 06) and a few TV media outlets (ATN Bangla, ATN News, Desh TV, Ekattor TV, Gazi TV, RTV, NTV) displayed scroll. Only English media stories are given below: The Business StandardDaily SunBangladesh PostThe New NationDaily Asian AgeDaily IndustryThe Financial Express.

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