Tobacco & Tobacco Products are a large contributor to the Government’s Tax Revenue. The total tax revenue collected from tobacco products is more than Rs. 31,000 crores annually.

Cigarettes which bear the brunt of taxation in India are the major revenue contributor from the Tobacco sector.

Source: Cigarette Taxes paid by our member companies (representing >98% of the Industry) and estimates for others

Despite just 11% share of tobacco consumption, legal cigarettes contribute 87% of tax revenue.

Share of Tobacco Consumption

Source: Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India and Industry estimates

Stability and moderation in cigarette taxation would optimize revenue collections from tobacco sector by preventing shift in consumption from revenue-efficient legal cigarettes to cheaper, low quality and revenue inefficient forms of tobacco consumption and to illegal tax-evaded cigarettes.