While addressing a seminar, the Federal Minister for health services Aamir Mehmood Kiani said that the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has decided to impose a ‘sin tax’ on the cigarettes and other tobacco products.

After the statement made by the federal minister, several smokers expressed their viewpoints on the social networking platforms. Faisal Vawda, the federal minister for water resources also tweeted about the sin tax and criticize the government’s move.

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He said: “I’m a chain cigarette smoker myself and I appreciate all the measures taken by the government to discourage smoking and I understand it’s injurious to health but this term “Gunnah Tax” is inappropriate. If this is gunnah then what would we name and term the actual gunnahs.”

What actually ‘sin tax’ is

The actual meaning of ‘sin tax’ in Oxford dictionary is a tax on the items considered undesirable or harmful, such as cigarettes, alcohol, or tobacco.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary says, however, the first known use of the ‘sin tax’ can be traced to 1957.

‘Sin tax’ and other countries

‘Sin tax’ has already been imposed in around 45 countries in the world including, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. Moreover, the government of India had also announced to charge the ‘sin tax’ on Paan and Gutka, the government spent the money collected from the tax on the health sector.

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia had imposed 100 per cent sin tax on all tobacco products and energy drinks last year.

The same thing was implemented by the United Arab Emirates by doubling the tobacco and energy drinks’ price.

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