Nepal currently imposes a tobacco tax of just 15.5% of retail price which is the lowest among the South Asian countries

Nepal currently imposes a tobacco tax of just 15.5% of retail price which is the lowest among the South Asian countries

On average, in Nepal the average amount of money spent per year on cigarettes is around 11% of GDP per capita. The recent estimates show around US$1.4 trillion of total economic loss results globally from tobacco use which is equivalent to 1.8% of the world’s annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP). About 40% of this cost occurred in low-income and middle-income countries. In Nepal, around 27 000 deaths occur annually from tobacco use, which comprises about 14.9% of all deaths. [Burden of tobacco in Nepal: a systematic analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 1990–2017](https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/11/8/e047847) According to the study conducted by the institute, the highest selling brand of tobacco in India in 2008 was taxed at 45.76 percent of the retail price. In 2018, this tax rate increased to 54.04 percent.

चुरोटमा सूर्य नेपालको एकछत्र राज, किन आएन नयाँ उद्योग? नेपाली बजारमा सूर्य नेपालद्वारा उत्पादित चुरोटले एकछत्र राज गरिरहेको छ। ***सूर्य नेपालबाट उत्पादित चुरोटले करिब ९७ प्रतिशत बजार हिस्सा ओगटेको छ।***  सूर्य नेपालले सेयरधनीलाई पाँच वर्षमा बाँड्यो आधा खर्ब लाभांश| सन् १९८६ मा स्थापना भएको सूर्य नेपालमा आइटिसी इन्डिया लिमिटेडको ५९ प्रतिशत सेयर छ। ३९ प्रतिशत नेपाली व्यक्तिगत लगानीकर्ताको स्वामित्व छ। यस्तै २ प्रतिशत ब्रिटिस अमेरिका टोबाको लिमिटेडको स्वामित्व छ। [https://www.capitalnepal.com/detail/40884](https://www.capitalnepal.com/detail/40884)

Yo year ko budget ma tobacco tax was untouched again. Nepal sarkar’s plan is basically allow mass death of Nepali people (cigarettes also have huge unaccounted costs like pollution, GDP loss, social impact etc). Another clear case of collusion.

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## [Tobacco Fact Sheet – Nepal Health Research Council](https://nhrc.gov.np/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Tobacco-Fact-Sheet-1.pdf)

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