Govt is Going To Impose ‘Sin Tax’ on Cigarette Smokers

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government has taken a ‘revolutionary’ step to discourage smoking in the country and decided to levy a special tax on smokers, which will be called ‘sin tax’.

As per media reports, the government has decided to impose a new tax on smokers in a bid to discourage smoking to cut associated health hazards and generate money for health-related projects.

The reports said that with the levy of ‘sin tax’ cigarettes prices will go up further in the country. The proceed generated through the tax will be spent on the projects of the Prime Minister’s Health Programme.


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Sources said that the Health Ministry is considering different options to implement the proposed tax. The Ministry is considering to impose levy ranging from Rs5 to 15 on a cigarette packet.

The tax under the specific head is expected to generate billions of rupees annually. The total cigarette consumption in the country is estimated to be worth over Rs4 billion.

Pakistan will be the second country in the world to impose ‘sin tax’ on cigarette smokers. The Philippines was the first country to introduce the tax. The number of cigarette packs put on store shelves by retailers fell drastically after the tax was introduced.

The Philippines government imposed the tax in 2012 to raise revenues and discourage smoking, which kills nearly 88,000 Filipinos each year according to World Health Organization data.


  • AAQ

    Strange & Senseless, as in Islamic Republic of Pakistan they are planning to allow sins after paying taxes to government. If this approves and implemented then other voices will be raise for implementing sin tax for alcohol, churse, heroine, and bla bla bla…
    On other-hand how can a Islamic republic of Pakistan will generate tax revenues from allowing sins?…health treatments from this type of tax revenue will be Halal?….an another debate will be start soon.

    Is it an innocent thinking or evil thinking ?????

  • AAQ

    Strange & Senseless, as in Islamic Republic of Pakistan they are planning to allow sins after paying taxes to government. If this approves and implemented then other voices will be raise for implementing sin tax for alcohol, churse, heroine, and bla bla bla…
    On other-hand how can a Islamic republic of Pakistan will generate tax revenues from allowing sins?…health treatments from this type of tax revenue will be Halal?….an another debate will be start soon.

    Is it an innocent thinking or evil thinking ?????

    • Tech Boy

      Indeed evil thinking and consequences we have to face because we have incapable people in leadership role.

    • Aftab Alam

      This is indeed a good action of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Discourage unhealthy activities and smoking is very important for nation. There are thousands of children just because of the smoking gas emission. It is both hazardous for smoker and non smoker. Would allow any heroinechi to sit next to you but we allow smokers to sit and smoke next to us. I support govt of Pakistan for this. I had been a smoker also and I had quit smoking. It is not good for health.

    • Leo

      Yes pretty soon, the red light area will ask for legitimization by getting themselves included in this category too,,

    • Carl

      Bhai Tax nahin leney sey konsa log baaz ajain gey… Tax leyney sey Govt. ki to income hogi. jis sey wo unhi key liye Health Programs ley kar aigi…

      Hospital Jatey hoye Govt Yaad ati hey .. Sin Kartey hoye kehtey hoo Ye Kon hotey hyn pouchney waley..

  • Tech Boy

    Instead of banning cigarette production, they are imposing sin tax. It just shows what their real intentions are

    • C

      Because banning cigarette production won’t solve any problems. Banning drugs hasn’t stopped people from importing, producing, and using them, has it? All banning cigarettes will do is drive their prices sky high in black market. Any cigarettes found will be of questionable quality and will likely cause health problems, if not outright fatalities. Banning things only works in places where 100% of the population is law abiding, which is nowhere.

    • Netherdrake

      No where does any government actually bans cigarette instead they are heavily taxed. This is a good decision by the government and should be supported.

  • Netherdrake

    Tax name is very stupid however the decision is very good.

    • AAQ

      Agreed, name really matters…. it could be “Social Health Hazard Tax” and its earning should be spent on those who in hails others smoke and needs medical treatments.

  • ImranG

    Stupidity is at an insane level in this post comments’.

  • Carl

    agar har burey kaam per tax lag jai to Govt. Mala Maal ho jai.
    Kionkey us per abhi exemption mili hoi hey free mein……..

    1. Sins Tax on Alcohol
    2. Sins Tax on Prostitution
    3. Sins Tax on Gambling
    4. Sins Tax on Bet (sports)
    etc etc.