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Reclassifying and Taxing Vaping
Debate about new tax on vaping products continues

INNCO, the collective voice for nicotine-consumer organisations, has taken the step of warning about a European consultation exercise on tax reform. It advises that the news should be considered in conjunction with moves by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) to reclassify electronic cigarettes as tobacco products.
The International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organisations (INNCO) has advised the public that moves are afoot to examine the possibility of placing an excise tax on “novel tobacco products”

An INNCO social media account complains that multiple-choice questions about the level of taxation for vaping products are unjustifiable. It states that the survey is devoid of any reference to “proportional impact” and fails to incorporate considerations for the possible effects on harm reduction. “Science and public health ethics now DEAD,” it writes.
Chris Snowdon has written about the possible reclassification of vaping products on his Velvet Glove blog. IN it, he writes: “on 16th May the World Customs Organisation published a document in which it discusses shifting e-cigarettes and vape fluid out of the chemicals category (Chapter 38) and into the tobacco category (Chapter 24). The document isn't freely available online yet”.

UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) responded to the possibility of vape products being taxed in the future: “We've been engaging with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on this point and its future ramifications for the vaping industry - they don't seem too interested at the moment.”

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Comment: It would seem to me that as this is a global debate, we need hear more from the big manufacturers of devices and consumables, a new tax would hit the industry hard at a time when gains are being made against the anti-vaping propaganda promoted by tobacco companies.


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