Research and advocacy organizations Progga (Knowledge for Progress) and Anti-Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA) yesterday demanded increasing prices of cigarettes and other tobacco products through imposing specific taxes.
They made the demands at a virtual press conference.
“I fully support the budget proposals to increase tobacco taxes and prices. The government must look for people’s welfare, as dictated in our constitution. Unfortunately, the government only prioritizes the revenue aspect, ignoring how it impacts people’s lives,” said eminent economist Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, who was also the convener of the National Anti-Tobacco Platform.