This year the Union Budget announcement has come at a high COST for cigarette lovers. Among several key announcements impacting the masses, FM Nirmala Sitharaman declared a 16% increase in custom duty on cigarettes. Apparently, the hike has come with a view to improve the health of citizens and boost our economy.

The price hike has caused immense pain to smokers; they’ve found solace in memes. Have a look.

I offer my sympathies to my cigarette-loving friends.

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