"A sin tax is an internationally recognised term and is specifically levied on certain goods deemed harmful to society, for example, tobacco, candies, soft drinks, fast foods, coffee and sugar," the Director-General of the NHS Ministry, Dr Asad Hafeez told Dawn.
Hafeez also cited India's example as one of the 45 countries around the world which impose a 'sin tax' on gutka and paan masala. He further mentioned that the money collected through this tax in India is spent in turn on the healthcare sector. The consumables on which the tax is imposed cause major illnesses which burden the public exchequer.
He further told Dawn, "The minister for health was also present at the meeting, and the President assured us that he would do what was possible. The proposal was floated during the tenure of the former government as well but was unfortunately not implemented. And even now, I fear for its fate since it is difficult to take such a decision in the face of an influential tobacco industry."
The nation's Tobacco Control Cell's website has mentioned that there are approximately 1,60,100 tobacco-related deaths in Pakistan every year, while Pakistan's NHS has noted that this exponentially adds to the country's health care expenses.
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