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Punjab government draws criticism for lowering VAT on tobacco products
handigarh: Voice of Tobacco Victims, a civil society organisation, on Monday criticised the Punjab government's recent decision to roll back taxes on cigarettes from 55 to 22 per cent.

Neighbouring states like Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Jammu & Kashmir have increased VAT on tobacco products, professor of Surgical Oncology at Tata Memorial Hospital Pankaj Chaturvedi said, adding the Bihar government too has proposed to increase VAT to 57 per cent this year.

He said when prices of all commodities were going over the roof, the lowering of tobacco prices spoke volumes about the state government's commitment towards the health of Punjabis and fight against cancer.

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