Sixteen million died prematurely due to noncommunicable diseases (NCD)—3.4 million in India, the highest worldwide.
Financial commitments to NCD do not match the increasing political commitment.
India’s tax-to-gross domestic product ratio is lower than its BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) counterparts and half of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) average.
Governments levy sin taxes to inhibit NCD risk factors and expand revenue base.
Revenue from sin taxes is usually not earmarked for health or NCD particularly.