Existing tier-based tax structure failed to stop increasing tobacco use
The existing tier-based tax structure has failed to stop the increasing number of smokers and tobacco users, reversing the country's goal of eliminating tobacco use by 2040, speakers at a discussion said today.
In this context, the government must introduce a specific excise tax structure for tobacco products, they said at the event at Jatiya Press Club organised by Progga.
Speaking as chief guest, Dr Kazi Kholiquzzaman said that the government has an ownership in British American Tobacco.
"So, no change is possible until the government withdraws its share from there," said Dr Kazi Kholiquzzaman, convener of National Anti-tobacco Alliance and chairman of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation.
While presenting a keynote, Hasan Shahriar, project head (Tobacco Control) of Progga said that the price of cigarettes in Bangladesh is the lowest among all South Asian Countries except Myanmar.