Social networks abuzz after hike in tobacco duty

People took to social media to either applaud the finance minister's move to hike excise duty on cigarettes and tobacco products or to vent their ire against the proposal.

By: Indo-Asian News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 11, 2014 11:11 am
Calling it a "much-needed" step and the only practical deterrent, majority of the netizens in their posts and tweets praised Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Calling it a “much-needed” step and the only practical deterrent, majority of the netizens in their posts and tweets praised Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

People Thursday took to the social media to either applaud the finance minister’s move to hike excise duty on cigarettes and tobacco products or to vent their ire against the proposal.

Calling it a “much-needed” step and the only practical deterrent, majority of the netizens in their posts and tweets praised Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who proposed a hike in excise duty in the range of 11 to 72 percent.

“It was high time that the prices were increased because it is the only deterrent. The government had earlier introduced pictorial warnings on cigarette packets but it hardly helped,” posted Delhi University student Arav Bhatt.

To support his argument, Bhatt said many of his college friends started smoking despite the graphic warnings on the packets.

Some were more than willing to cut down their daily consumption of cigarettes to reduce expenses.

“Guess it’s time to cut down or quit the nicotine addiction,” tweeted Pankaj Singh from Bangalore.

“Goodbye ciggys (cigarettes) hello nico gums,” tweeted Sara Bajpayee from Ahmedabad, referring to nicotine chewing gum that helps smokers kick the butt.

The news upset some smokers who termed the proposal arbitrary and said they would just shift to some cheaper brands.

“Don’t force me to quit (smoking). I’ll do it if I want,” posted Zahir Khan, a resident of Hyderabad.

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First Published on: July 11, 2014 11:08 am
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    The Centrist
    Jul 11, 2014 at 6:30 am
    I'm paying my own health insurance premium. So, why does the government intervene in my health decisions?
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      VIVEK
      Jul 12, 2014 at 5:00 am
      Drastic hike in tobacco duty looks to be without application of mind. Jaitley (and harshvardhan) has thrust his personal bias (howsoever right) on the mes. The decision on tobacco is taken by adults and should be respected as much. if you so much hate tobacco ban them like narcotics.Further Why no abrupt hike on liquor, tea coffee, pan ma, bidis (liquor is banned in Gujarat)? Because FM doesn't thinks so.FM and others have to take decision based on what is good for most of public and not individual whims. They are supposed to be ministers of the country not of BJP/own household where they can enforce whatever they desire.
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