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Alarming growth of sale of illegal cigarettes in Punjab: TII

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Ludhiana, Amritsar and are becoming the biggest selling points of illegal cigarettes in the country, claimed Tobacco Institute of (TII) here today.

TII, which is a representative body of farmers, manufacturers, exporters and ancillaries of the cigarettes' segment of the tobacco industry in the country, submitted their representation with (DGP) Suresh Arora, seeking action against retailers selling illegal tobacco products in these districts.

"We have submitted a list of outlets selling illegal cigarettes in Ludhiana, and Amritsar. We want action against these retailers who are selling illegal cigarettes," Sanidhya Narain, member of TII here, said.

"The issue is becoming a huge problem in where cities like are becoming the biggest selling points of illegal cigarettes in the country," claimed Narain.

He claimed retailers were selling illegal cigarettes which were sold cheap due to evasion.

"There is a huge price difference between Indian brand of cigarettes and these illegal cigarettes as they carry international brands which are popular among youths," he said.

Narain claimed these illegal cigarettes were being brought from countries like Malaysia, South Korea.

As per representation, the illegal cigarettes do not adhere to the Indian law and regulations.

"The Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) Act mandates 85 per cent graphical health warning on cigarettes packs. However, smuggled cigarettes are available without mandates graphic health warning," it said.

As per TII, tobacco products generate excise duty and state taxes to the tune of Rs 31,000 crore per annum.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, December 04 2017. 21:10 IST