Govt to impose sin tax on smokers


ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has announced to impose a sin tax on smokers.

According to details, the sin tax will be imposed on smokers who are the frequent buyers of cigarettes. The amount collected from the sin tax will be spent on the health sector.

Moreover, the price of cigarettes is expected to rise in view of the government’s decision. The health ministry is considering various options regarding the sin tax. It is planning to impose Rs5-15 tax on cigarettes. Sources said that the sin tax can create generate billions for the government.

Pakistan will be the second country to impose a sin tax on cigarettes after the Philippines.