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Opposition Senator, says she would like government to put focus on educating the population on the effects of alcohol and tobacco use

Opposition Senator, says she would like government to put focus on educating the population on the effects of alcohol and tobacco use

increase alcohol and tobacco taxesOpposition Senator, Khadijah Ameen says she would like government to put focus on educating the population on the effects of alcohol and tobacco use, this as the National Oncology Centre, where cancer patients receive treatment, remains closed. Speaking in the Senate yesterday, Ms. Ameen noted the need for such education rather than a hasty move to increase alcohol and tobacco taxes.

Khadijah Ameen 5The Opposition Senator said she cannot support taxation just for taxation sake, arguing that taxes alone would not stop citizens from using alcohol or tobacco.

Ms. Ameen noted that the World Health Organization’s tax limit on tobacco products stands at 75%. She said Trinidad and Tobago’s present taxation stands at 25%. Ms. Ameen is calling on government to indicate what it plans to do with proceeds earned from an increased taxation on tobacco and alcohol.

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