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Govt Likely To Stop Sale Of Single Cigarettes

The Parliament may restrict the production and sale of single cigarettes on the suggestion from the standing committee, according to reports

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The government plans to outlaw the selling of single cigarettes, as recommended by the Standing Committee of Parliament.

The committee has suggested selling single cigarettes to diminish the consumption of tobacco products. The selling of loose cigarettes is affecting the fight against tobacco use.

The standing committee has pointed out that the tax on tobacco goods has not risen immensely despite introducing the GST (goods and services tax). It stressed that using tobacco and alcohol raises the chance of formulating cancer.

According to the recent tax slabs, the country levies a 22 per cent GST on bidis, a 53 per cent GST on cigarettes, and a 64 per cent GST on smokeless tobacco.

As per World Health Organisation (WHO), the government should impose a 75 per cent GST on tobacco goods.

The Central Government banned the sale and use of e-cigarettes three years ago on the recommendation of the Health Ministry.

Smoking is already forbidden in public places in India. A fine of up to Rs 200 may be charged for breaching the law. The government has also restricted tobacco product promotions.