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A Dilemma of Minimum Price Violations

How is it when the tax on a pack of cigarettes ranges from Rs. 42.12 all the way to Rs. 130, yet packs can be purchased for as low as Rs. 15.  Should not this raise alarm bells for public

Behtr Pakistan – HumQadm

Why, you ask is it right to pay the tax paid price? Simply put, because that is the right price. Nations develop and grow not when duties are evaded but when the duty is paid. The question stirs a very

The Impact of Illicit Tobacco

The tobacco sector, similar to other sectors, has become a victim of illegal activities. Primarily involved in local tax evasion, smuggling and production of counterfeit cigarettes, the illicit sector – which accounts for 40% of the total market share –

The 70 Billion Rupee Question

The Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Imran Khan has repeatedly pointed out the fact that in the tobacco sector, only two companies account for 97 percent of tax collected from the sector. The two companies paying the lion’s share

A Daylight Robbery

Every Pakistani is being robbed by the illicit tobacco industry every year to the tune of Rs.70 billion plus. It belies the claim of government machinery that they are striving to increase taxes in the country. The proposition is simple;