MORE TAX MEANS LESS SMOK­ING, SAYS HEALTH BOSS

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Cig­a­rette prices need to go up by two or three times their cur­rent level, ac­cord­ing to Dr Wedad Al Maidoor, di­rec­tor of PHC Dubai Health Cen­tres and head of the Na­tional Tobacco Con­trol Pro­gramme.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day on World No Tobacco Day, she said: “Most peo­ple know smok­ing is harm­ful but no­body cares to stop it... There is a push for im­ple­ment­ing a 100 per cent hike in cus­toms duty. How­ever, I think it is not enough. We want to im­pose ex­cise tax also on ci­garettes.

Then only will smok­ers slowly start feel­ing the pinch and will not buy ci­garettes.”

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