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Tax revenue from cigarettes in India FY 2011-2019

The tax revenue from cigarettes across India in fiscal year 2019 was approximately 348 billion Indian rupees, an increase from previous fiscal years. Most of the tax revenue from tobacco comes from the sale of legal cigarettes from the organized market.

Regulating tobacco products

Taxation of tobacco products varies based on products - cigarettes are more expensive than bidis. The Indian government had increased excise duty on cigarettes and other tobacco products over the years, while the sale and use of e-cigarettes was banned in September 2019. Taxation was meant to make tobacco products less affordable, unfortunately this has not influenced consumption as tobacco taxes are not regularly adjusted for inflation.

State-owned companies

The state-owned company, Life Insurance Corporation had a 28 percent stake in ITC. The share prices of India's largest tobacco company, ITC fell considerably following a proposed tax hike on cigarettes by the central government in fiscal year 2020. The government also received tobacco related revenue from prosecutions for smoking while driving. For instance, the Delhi traffic police had prosecuted nearly four thousand cases in 2018.

Tax revenue from cigarettes* across India from financial year 2011 to 2019

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FY 2011 to FY 2019

Supplementary notes

*According to the source, data includes excise and state taxes. Figures are cigarette taxes paid by member companies of the source (representing more than 98 percent of the industry) and estimates for others.

One Indian rupee is equal to 0.014 U.S. dollars and 0.013 euros (as of February 2020).

India's financial year begins in April and ends in March. For example, FY 2006 started in April 2005 and ended in March 2006.

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