New Delhi: The health ministry has proposed a "sin tax" on tobacco products to deter people from using them."The proceeds from this tax can be used for tobacco control," a health ministry official told IANS."The new tax has been suggested to the Department of Revenue of the Ministry of Finance as part of the government`s exercise to increase taxes on all tobacco products to prevent people from using them," the official said.Studies by the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggest that increase in price or tax on tobacco products is likely to reduce their consumption and also premature tobacco-related deaths in the country.
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