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Cigarette price to increase up to Rs. 55

23 October 2016 02:58 pm - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The price of a cigarette is expected to be increased up to Rs.55 with the enactment of the 15 per cent VAT, according to the Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne. Recently the price of a cigarette was increased by Rs.7.

At a meeting held at the ministry, he pointed out that although the cigarette price was increased up to Rs.42, the use of other related products (cigar) has not been increased. Use of these products also should be reduced but, the harm caused by cigarettes is higher than them.

Minister further added that there is no need to use cigars when the cigarette price is increased.

Minister also proposed to the government to increase the taxes on tobacco and thereby remove all the VAT taxes on health service.

  Comments - 13

  • J Palitha Monday, 24 October 2016 12:57 PM

    Mahinda and his guys gets imported cigarettes - free of charge (smuggling stuff)

    Kadupol_jothywansa Monday, 24 October 2016 12:59 PM

    Why not 1/2 bottle Gal Arrack for Rs. 100/=

    Bubble Banda Monday, 24 October 2016 01:01 PM

    Beedi and Cigar prices are not increased? Please don't do that as our Joint Opposition gentlemen are smoking Beedi and black cigars.

    Premalal Sunday, 23 October 2016 10:48 PM

    Another lucrative smuggling opportunity for politicians.

    Ash Monday, 24 October 2016 02:23 PM

    legalize marijuana and then tax it to get more revenue for the government plus job creation in hemp industry via DM Android App

    kaboos Monday, 24 October 2016 03:41 PM

    The addicts will continue to smoke in spite of drastic increase.

    dim Sunday, 23 October 2016 03:05 PM

    good move via DM Android App

    zee Sunday, 23 October 2016 04:20 PM

    why only cigarette bring in laws to curb alcohol...the root to all evil...

    Arnold Sunday, 23 October 2016 04:56 PM

    Sri Lanka is probably the only country in the world which taxes those who relieve the government of it's burdens. For example, those who send their children to private schools and universities and those who go to private hospitals save massive amounts of money for the government and they should be given tax credits. YAHAPALANAYA OVER TO YOU!!

    Mr Perfect Monday, 24 October 2016 12:25 PM

    The politicians can cover their nakedness by implementing such things. Why not bring a law which says any person caught misusing public property or money will receive the death penalty. Do these guys thinks they can fool all the public all the time.

    thomas Sunday, 23 October 2016 08:32 PM

    sooner than later people will start growing their own tobacco from seeds at home and which is very easy; type in google "how to grow your own tobacco"

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 24 October 2016 12:53 PM

    Except Politicians Ruling/Opposition this rule could be applicable. They all go for imported stuff.

    German Jacob Monday, 24 October 2016 12:55 PM

    Well done MS, Rajitha

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