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Tobacco Institute refutes study on low taxes

Counters recently revealed study, calling it outdated; blames extremely high tax rates for providing profitable arbitrage opportunity for tax evasion in India

Bhaswar Kumar  |  New Delhi 

A recently released study on tobacco taxes in India was timed perfectly by the anti-tobacco activists, right before the Union Budget, to influence public opinion and policy makers, said The Tobacco Institute of India. The study titled Tobacco Taxes in India: An Empirical Analysis and undertaken by Institute for Studies in Industrial Development and Public Health Foundation of India looks at the period between 2006 and 2013. It was submitted to the World Health Organization (WHO) in March 2014. “Not only is the study outdated but also at variance with a more recent one ...

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First Published: Wed, February 24 2016. 00:23 IST
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