Indore: IMA docs speak against VAT rollback on tobacco

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Nov 10, 2014 16:33 IST

The ban on the sale of tobacco in Bihar has gone down very well among doctors in the city. Apart from appreciating the move taken by the Bihar government, the doctors feel that something on similar lines need to be done in MP as well.

"It is a very positive move. People in India have maximum cancers of the head and neck. Out of these a maximum number of them are caused due to intake of tobacco. They are preventable cancers. The government should take steps in this regard," said Dr Dilip Acharya, national chairman, Indian Medical Association Cancer and Tobacco Control Committee.

Madhya Pradesh ranks second in the number of head and neck cancer cases in the country. The doctors from the IMA believe that stricter rules should be followed here.

"There are strong rumours in health circles that a rollback on the VAT on tobacco is expected. People had actually reduced their consumption because of the steep prices of tobacco. The government should not take such a step," said Dr Acharya.

Moreover, the doctors from the Indore branch of IMA have decided to protest if there is a rollback in the VAT on tobacco products. The doctors believe that the decision of imposing 27% VAT on tobacco products was a welcome move and a rollback would only mean a reverse effect.

Reportedly the reason being cited for the rollback is the illegal smuggling of tobacco related products in the state. However, the doctors believe that the strengthening of the entire system needs to be done so that this can be stopped. We need to have a strong system which can stop this, stated some doctors from the IMA.

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