Budget 2016: Cigarettes, Gutkha other tobacco products become expensive

Budget 2016: All types of tobacco products will become more expensive next year

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 29, 2016 3:42 pm
Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley arrives at parliament house to present federal budget 2016-17, in New Delhi, India, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. It was Jaitley’s second full budget since Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a huge majority in national election in 2014, on the back of promises to turn around the economy and boost job creation. There have been few sweeping reforms in the past two years that the government has been promising. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley arrives at parliament house to present federal budget 2016-17, in New Delhi  (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has hiked the excise duty on tobacco and its related products by 10-15 per cent. Jaitley made the announcement in his budget speech on Monday.

“To discourage consumption of tobacco and tobacco products, I propose to increase the excise duties on various tobacco products other than beedi by about 10 to 15 per cent,” Jaitley said.

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Here are the details:

Excise duty on Cigar and cheroots being increased – from 12.5% or Rs 12.5% or Rs 3375 per thousand, whichever is higher to 12.5% or Rs 3755 per thousand, whichever is higher

Excise duty on Cigarillos being increased from 12.5% or Rs 12.5% or Rs 3375 per thousand, whichever is higher to 12.5% or Rs 3755 per thousand, whichever is higher

Excise duty on Cigarettes of tobacco substitutes being increased from Rs 3,375 per thousand to Rs 3,755 per thousand

Excise duty on Cigarillos of tobacco substitutes being increased from 12.5% or Rs 12.5% or Rs 3,375 per thousand, whichever is higher to 12.5% or Rs 3755 per thousand, whichever is higher

Excise duty on other forms of tobacco substitutes being increased from 12.5% or Rs 12.5% or Rs 3,375 per thousand, whichever is higher to 12.5% or Rs 3755 per thousand, whichever is higher

Excise duty on Gutkha, chewing tobacco (including filter khaini) and jarda scented tobacco being increased from 70% to 81%

Excise duty on Unmanufactured tobacco being increased from 55% to 64%

There’s also an additional duty of excise on cigarettes. All numbers per thousand

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    arooj
    Mar 1, 2016 at 5:36 am
    what is the status of Televisions and other electronic goods...are they becoming cheaper or costlier
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    1. Gul Ramani
      Feb 29, 2016 at 9:32 am
      As much as that would hurt the pocket of the tobacco consumer, various studies have shown that this is a sure fire way to keep the consumption down. In Europe, at least smoking is out of fashion and that way it should go for other regions.
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        Chandra Shekhar
        Feb 29, 2016 at 10:50 am
        Dirty mind-set that cigarettes are consumed by affluent section of potion and beedis by the poor strata of potion! For the same, budget after another, hefty excise duty is levied on tobacco that manufactures cigarettes and no toll on tobacco which produces beedis! What a criteria of vote bank politics! The segregation of quantum of excise duties on the product, which in any way is injurious to health in both the cases, speaks evidently that how the politics finds its shameful intrusion in balancing the “vote-bank” permutations!! Such an employment of taxation is not only mucky but also raises the doubt that why after all number of cigarettes smokers have gone all time high despite being taxed on trot for six decades in a row ? Doesn’t this sound terribly disgusting and demands explanation that why application of “rich and poor divide” finds its way towards collection of tax revenue and general awareness campaigns for discouraging smoking has been abysmal at all fronts!!
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          Chandra Shekhar
          Feb 29, 2016 at 12:39 pm
          Excise duty hike on tobacco is the outcome of narrow mind-set that cigarettes are consumed by affluent section of potion and beedis by the poor strata of potion! For the same, budget after another, hefty excise duty is levied on tobacco that manufactures cigarettes and no toll on tobacco which produces beedis! What a criteria of vote bank politics! The segregation of quantum of excise duties on the product, which in any way is injurious to health in both the cases, speaks evidently that how the politics finds its shameful intrusion in balancing the vote-bank permutations!! Such an employment of taxation is not only mucky but also raises the doubt that why after all number of cigarettes smokers have gone all time high despite being taxed on trot for six decades in a row ? Doesn’t this sound terribly disgusting and demands explanation that why application of rich and poor divide finds its way towards collection of tax revenue and general awareness campaigns for discouraging smoking has been abysmal at all fronts?
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