He added that state governments will be responsible for implementing the move.
The study reported that a 10% increase in cigarette prices will lead to almost a 3% decrease in consumption, increasing the government revenue by 7%.
“Based on the recommendations, we will make a strong case for increasing taxation on tobacco,” said Verma.
He also slammed the tobacco promotion board and said that better coordination is required between ministries.
“The commerce ministry’s tobacco promotion board is a ridiculous thing. While we are condemning the use of tobacco products, how can they promote it? I will speak to my counterpart in the commerce ministry and see what can be done about it,” he said.