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Imminent price hike creates artificial shortage of cigarettes

With upcoming hike in costs of cigarettes due to recently announced taxes on tobacco items which are set to be forced from January 1, 2019, numerous smokers are running from column to post to get their cigarette brand the same number of shops have begun practising hoarding eyeing undue profits.

While declaring the general budget of Qatar for 2019, the Ministry of Finance had said that a ‘selective tax’ will be forced on wellbeing harming products.


"The particular tax law is intended to impose taxes on certain health-damaging products and it will be executed by the start of 2019. The law incorporates a 100% duty on tobacco and its items and caffeinated drinks, and a 50 percent tax on sugary beverages," an announcement from the Ministry had said, reported the peninsula qatar.

Numerous supermarkets,refused to sell cigarettes refering to 'out of stock' reason. On rehashed inquiries, they were ready to sell just one packet and that too of the brands which are very little popular.  In Al Sadd, one shop owner agreed that many shop keepers are hesitant to sell their stocks since everybody is searching for profit. "Smokers are searching for their advantage and we are caring for our own." 

Most of the people and human services experts have respected the move by the Ministry to force 100 percent tax on tobacco items as this will deter numerous from utilizing these health damaging items.

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