Govt announces Sin Tax— here’s how Twitter reacted…
The federal government announced a sin tax in its move to discourage smoking which has drawn massive controversy over social media.
The directives came from Federal Minister Health Services Aamer Mehmood Khan on Tuesday that a sin-tax on tobacco products will come into effect.
“We are sending a sin tax bill in the National Assembly in which taxes would be imposed on cigarettes and tobacco products,” Khan said while addressing the Annual Public Health Conference.
However, social media is questioning the selection of words for the tobacco tax and terming it offensive, while others just poking fun at it.
After the “sin tax” on cigarettes, can we explore more specific “sin taxes”. A “sloth tax” on mattresses, a “gluttony tax” on buffets, a “greed tax” on banking, a “lust tax” on prophylactics. Let’s get Biblical with taxation.
— Essa Malik (@Yeezus_Chwist) December 5, 2018
Thats fine, but why call it “sin-tax”? They might as well call it “dozakh tax”. https://t.co/WzweIWK1Nb
— Kasim Gilani (@KasimGillani) December 5, 2018
I’ve heard of tobacco tax and sugar tax .. what’s ‘sin’ tax?! https://t.co/H5Mx6nK0Zt
— Dr Samara Afzal (@SamaraAfzal) December 4, 2018
Gunnah tax 😏 😑 pic.twitter.com/pIqIHSJnXS
— چڑیل_اول✨ (@Churail_Awal) December 4, 2018
An other user took the name in lighter vein and wrote “”I have been committing this #Gunnah for a very long time now, please add a phrase of forgiveness in the bill, will you?
Some lauded the initiative with high hopes or tried to add sense into the situation.
Sin-tax in eng is imposing tax on smoking n alcohol. Other countries have a similar tax on junk food items, especially frizzy drinks/pops & energy drinks.
— Iffat khan (@iffatbibigul) December 4, 2018
Canada raised $28 billion in 2016-17 from sin-tax. https://t.co/LEiF3x7gp1
— Ashar Jawad (@AsharJawad) December 4, 2018
O Khuda k Bandon, SIN TAX is a general Term used for Taxes on such items that 0are generally considered hazardous to health…Taxes on items like cigarettes , liquor etc are regarded as “Sin-Tax” ACROSS THE GLOBE ..so relax..those who consume such items are ALREADY paying Sin-tax
— Taqveem Ahsan Sidiqi NA256 (@TASiddiquis) December 4, 2018
This “gunnah tax” is yet again another opportunity to start vetting your acquaintances.
The STUPIDEST of the lot will fixate on whether cigarette smoking is a sin or not.
— Mangogh (@ManhattanMango) December 4, 2018
We got cosmetic products’ tax, I am glad that sin tax evened that out.
— Lyba T. (@Oe_lyba) December 5, 2018