The Delhi Declaration, adopted on the last day of the seventh edition of Conference of Parties (COP) on World Health Organisation FCTC, also asked the member countries to prohibit or regulate electronic nicotine delivery systems such as e-cigarettes.
The report said that India has moved to the third position out of 205 countries from its earlier ranking of 136 in 2014 and 123 in 2012.
"The prevalence of tobacco use is still unacceptably high. Morbidity and mortality due to its use is also very high. There is a huge economic burden on people and governments due to adverse health consequences of tobacco use.
In the pre-budget meeting with the revenue department, the auto industry had sought clarity from the revenue department on the transitional issues before GST roll out.
The Seventh Session of the Conference of Parties (COP7) to World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) to be held from November 7 to 12 at Greater Noida.
There will be an informal meeting of the ministers on November 20, primarily aimed at hammering out political consensus. The GST Council, headed by Jaitley, will meet on November 24-25 after the informal meeting.
Most analysts are positive on ITC given sharp underperformance in past months on GST concerns. JP Morgan is overweight on ITC stating that some uncertainty will remain on the final taxation change for ITC. It adds earnings impact could be gauged only as clarity emerges on quantum and nature of cess on sin products.
Speaking to CNBC-TV18 Harsh Mariwala, Chairman, Marico said that edible oil will be in the 5 percent tax slab, while hair oil will be under 18 percent. He also added that it will be guesswork. â€œWe will have to wait and watch,â€ he said.
Although India has already implemented 85 per cent pictorial warning on tobacco products, the issue of plain packaging, that refers to packaging that requires the removal of all branding, "will still be on the mind" during the deliberations at the Conference, the official said.
In a panel discussion on CNBC-TV18, representatives from India Inc listed their views and concerns on the likely impact the new tax regime brings on their business and industry.
The final rate structure agreed on Thursday has brought down the lowest slab by one percentage point to 5 percent, while raising the highest rate by two percentage point to 28 percent.
The Centre's has recommended tax rates of 6, 12, 18 and 26 percent in the four-tier structure. But pressure from the industry to keep a higher upper limit at 28 percent and removing the cess over 26 percent has led to the change.
Ahead of the crucial GST council meeting on November 3, tobacco cancer survivors and researchers have urged the Council to include all tobacco products in the highest tax slab.
VHAA demanded at least 40 percent sin tax with a provision for states' right to impose top-up taxes on all types of tobacco, including cigarettes, bidis, smokeless tobacco and pan masala be imposed to discourage their consumption and addiction amongst people, specially amongst the youth.
Ahead of the meeting of all powerful GST Council next week to decide on GST rates, Jaitley said the 4-slab structure of 6, 12, 18 and 26 percent was under consideration, with lower rates for essential commodities and higher bracket for luxury goods.
The deal would create the world's largest listed tobacco company by net turnover and operating profit, BAT said in a statement.
The GST Council has proposed a four-tier GST structure starting from 6 percent, two standard rates at 12 and 18 percent and the highest one at 26 percent with a further cess for luxury and demerit goods like tobacco and aerated drinks.
The Centre and states will meet again early next month to decide on the tricky issue of GST rates, but an agreement appeared possible on imposing a cess on ultra-luxury and demerit goods to compensate states for potential revenue loss.
Tobacco Free Kerala, a state-based outfit, along with other tobacco control groups in the country, have appealed for the highest tax on tobacco to the GST council.
"NGOs, under the influence of multinational companies from western countries and promoting the interests of supermarkets and mega markets, have been influencing WHO to adopt resolutions at conferences, which will affect the livelihood of millions of small tobacco retailers across India," the retailer body said in a statement.
For Delhi, the study found that 54 percent of the cigarette packs and 55 percent of smokeless tobacco packs were fully compliant with all the labeling requirements mandated under the the law.
"India's large and diverse population is a formidable challenge. We know that many countries of this region including India, as well as of the world, are grappling with challenge of shortage of health workforce.
TII, which represents leading cigarette manufacturers such as ITC, Godfrey Philips and VST, accounts for more than 98 percent of the country's domestic sales of duty paid cigarettes in India.
"The government pursues various steps to dissuade consumers of tobacco products and increasing the tax on such products is one such measure of the government, but there was no proposal to increase tax levied on bidis", said a release of the Institute for Public Health.
Setting a target of April 1, 2017 for rollout of the Goods and Services Tax, the government today unveiled a detailed roadmap for its implementation and said it is aiming for an optimal rate of taxation though the final decision will be taken by the GST Council.