ORAL EXPERTS DEMAND HIKE IN TAXES FOR TOBACCO
Increasing tobacco addiction cases among youth has been a major cause for
worry.While there have been attempts to tackle the issue via awareness
campaigns,experts say that increasing the price of tobacco through higher
taxes is the most effective way to curb tobacco usage.
Prominent experts in oral medicine including Dr.Prabhuji MLV,President
Indian Dental Association,Karnataka addressed the media.They said
that World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends a 65% to 80%
tax on tobacco products.India falls short of this benchmark.Here,
Karnataka stands at a dismal 17% on cigarettes & 0% on beedis
according to the press release of Indian Dental Association-Karnataka.