No 'Achche Din' for smokers: Excise duty on tobacco products up by 10-15%, cigarettes to cost more
New Delhi, Feb 29: With the announcement of Union Budget 2016 by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, good news came for some and for some came the bad news.
For smokers and tobacco product users came the bad news as excise duty on various tobacco products was raised by nearly 10-15 percent.
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Shares of ITC tumbled 7.9 per cent, Godfrey Phillips went down by 5.88 per cent, Golden Tobacco dropped 5.31 per cent and VST Industries shed 2.14 per cent on BSE. ITC was the top loser among the 30-Sensex stocks.
Weakness was also seen in the broader market as in a knee-jerk reaction to various tax proposals made by Jaitley in his Budget 2016-17, the stock market benchmark Sensex crashed by 660 points but recovered back to the positive territory later on heavy buying by domestic institutions.
"Excise duties on various tobacco products other than beedi have been raised by about 10 to 15 per cent," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in the Budget speech.
(With inputs from agencies)