Kota, May 5 (PTI) Anti-tobacco activists have urged the government to tax ‘bidis’ at the highest rate under the GST regime. Also Read - Horoscope January 19, 2021: Energetic Day for Taurus, Cancer Should Protect Themselves From Cold Wave

The activists, led by patron of VOTV, put forward their demand in a series of tweets, addressed to the Prime Minister and Finance Minister. Also Read - Cancer Horoscope Prediction 2021: Good News on Financial Front, Great Career Opportunities Waiting - Know All About it in Detail

We are sure that the PM and FM will tax all tobacco products including bidi at the highest category in GST. Bidis are consumed by 9.2% of adult population & cigarettes by 5.7% as per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey,” said Dr Pawan Singhal, VOTV and Cancer surgeon, SMS hospital in Jaipur. Also Read - Lung Cancer Accounts For 13 Percent Of All New Cancers in India: All You Need To Know About This Condition

It is known that bidis account for a very high percentage of tobacco-related deaths and a product leading to 6 lacs deaths cannot be taxed at lower rates, he added.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.