Dhaka, June 12 -- Anti-tobacco campaigners expressed dissatisfaction over "low tax" imposition on cigarettes in the proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2024-25.

They claimed that the government missed the opportunity to reduce the smokers' rate in the country to the desired level and increase revenue.

Speakers said these at a post-budget press conference, organised by Unnayan Shamannay at the National Press Club.

Prof Taiabur Rahman of Department of Development Studies, Dhaka University (DU), chaired the event. Professor Tania Haque of Department of Women and Gender Studies, DU, and Nazmul Islam, Associate Professor of Economics, BUET, were present, among others.

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