"An increase in tax levied on tobacco products has not only increased revenue of the state, but also reduced their consumption significantly. Hence the government should continue the tax policy," said Satyen Chaturvedi, executive director of Rajasthan Voluntary Health Association.
    
"Many lives can be saved by discouraging consumption of tobacco. It is in larger public interest. So the government should increase tax charged on tobacco products and also run special campaign to aware tobacco users about its harms," he said.
    
"The state also got WHO DG Award for tobacco control efforts and now the government should impose 100 percent tax for more effective tobacco control," Association's project director Vikram Singh said.
    
There has been a constant increase in tax levied on tobacco products in the state for the last four years and the trend should continue for good health of people, he said.
    
The tax imposed on tobacco products in the state was 12 percent in 2009-10, 20 percent in 2010-11, 40 percent in 2011-12, 50 percent in 2012-13 and 65 percent in 2013-14.
    
Referring to a worldwide research, Pulmonologist Dr Virendra Singh said that 10 percent increase in tax charged on tobacco products reduces their consumption by 8 percent.
    
"Increase in taxes charged on tobacco products discourages people to use the tobacco which is an effective way to curb tobacco use," he said.
    
Singh said that estimated 32 percent people use tobacco product and almost half of the people who start consuming them in adolescence die due to tobacco related diseases.
        
He said that the average age when boys start consuming tobacco in the state is 17 years. The situation is even worse in case of girls who start consuming tobacco at an average age of 14.

(Agencies)

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