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The Federal Government has Commenced Implementation of the new tariffs on alcoholic beverages and tobacco.

In line with this, ABS Correspondent Chibuzor Okoye went round Awka Metropolis to ascertain people's opinion on the new development.
The Minister of Finance Mrs. Femi Adeosun had on March this year revealed that the new tariffs would be from 2018 to 2020, and was aimed at raising governments revenue as well as reducing the health hazards associated with tobacco related diseases and alcohol.
Speaking to the ABS a medical expert Professor Peter Katchy said that the new tariff is in the right direction as all over the world, alcohol and tobacco are placed under health restrictions, adding that excessive alcohol and tobacco intake is dangerous to the body.
Professor Katchy further noted that apart from generating reasonable revenue for the government, the new tariffs would help to reduce the intake of aforementioned commodities as both alcohol and tobacco intake can cause, heart congestion, liver and kidney problems and tuberculosis among others.
He called on government to equally beam its searchlight on those that manufacture local gins and all other intoxicants that are dangerous to the body.
A manager at one of the major alcohol Depot in Awka, Mr. Cornelius Eziakor noted that the tariff had already taken off before the actual date, and called on the federal government to rescind their decision as it is affecting their sales negatively.
However, a habitual smoker who pleaded anonymity told ABS that he must continue to take sticks of cigarettes even if it costs a thousand naira.

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