Govt Decides to Impose ‘Sin Tax’ on Cigarettes And Carbonated Drinks
Islamabad: According to sources, in order to discourage unhealthy lifestyle, Govt is planning to levy ‘Gunah Tax’ or ‘Sin Tax’ on Cigarettes, tobacco and carbonated beverages.
As per sources, this effort of promoting the healthy lifestyle will help Govt to earn billions of rupees through taxes, called ‘Gunah tax’ or ‘Sin tax’, which would be spent on the Prime Minister Health Programme.
Govt is considering to levy taxes from Rs5 to Rs15 on pack of cigarettes and Rs2 on 100 ml bottle of carbonated drink. These taxes would not only be utilized in Health Sector, but also restrain people from using them. The “Sin Tax” has already been introduced in some parts of Europe too.
According to sources, Govt officials in justifying the ‘Sin tax’, told that carbonated drinks are bad for health of people. Carbonated drinks have many disadvantages including dehydration, high sugar intake and calcium depletion.
Public reaction on “Gunah Tax”
The news of ‘Gunah Tax’ reaches the public very quickly. While some people appreciated this measure, few of them also took a dig sarcastically;
So if you just smoke half a cigarette, will you be committing half a gunah?
Asking for a friend 😐#gunahtax
— Khurram Qureshi (@fatherofyousaf) December 5, 2018
Anything that makes a person addicted deemed as Sin.
So, having an addiction of tea ☕️ , will Govt. gonna apply “Gunnah Tax” on that too? #GunahTax 🚬
— SALMAN (@Being_Engr) December 5, 2018
Meray Gunahon ka Tax bhe Cigarettes pr laga dow.
— Yasir Saeed (@YasirS83) December 4, 2018
Space X launched 64 satellites all at once and Pakistan launched a #gunahtax (sin tax) on cigarettes!
— IftI (@drloggerhead) December 4, 2018
This is interesting, #GunahTax to be imposed on cigarettes
— Khawaja Gul Muhammed (@kgm_13_) December 4, 2018
@FaisalVawdaPTI don’t think about the name think about the motive behind it and I believe this is the best name for a common man whom such a name will warn him from smoking next time ! Which will be for the betterment of that individual ! #SmokingKills #GunahTax https://t.co/oXRAqiJaJK
— Fatima (@Fatima2682) December 5, 2018
Please let us know, what are your views on this ‘Gunah Tax’ imposition?