Most of us are familiar with the phrase “sin tax” usually it’s added onto items that the government deem not good for us like cigarettes or sugar but do ecigs also fall into that category?
I don’t think they do. When so many reputable scientific organisations are coming out and saying that vaping is 95% safer than smoking, and even the UK government has said they have no intention of imposing anything more than VAT onto ecigs.
Should the EU be suggesting we apply a further tax on ecigs? I say no, but thanks for the offer.
Until Brexit takes full affect and we leave the union what happens in Europe still affects you. Running until the 16th of February 2017 the EU government is holding a public consultation on the taxation of ecigs. The consultation is available here. Clive Bates and the New Nicotine Alliance have already given their thoughts on the consultation and why it’s not a good idea, now it’s your chance.
At first sight this might seem a daunting, complicated task it is a government website after all but you can whip through it in about 5 minutes if you follow these easy steps.
- Open this link, scroll down to “how to submit your contribution” and click the link highlighted in blue to begin
- Background information on the consultation, just click next
- A couple of personal questions and your country. Next.
- First important question, “In your opinion, should electronic cigarettes and refill containers be subject to excise duties?” Click No!
- You’re now asked about tax levels, should ecigs be at similar levels to other tobacco products. I clicked much lower for all of these.
- Ignore the green text; you are probably more of an expert than most people replying to this. “In your opinion what have been so far the impact of the introduction of excise duties on electronic cigarettes and refill containers in some Member States? Please indicate the perceived magnitude of the following impacts” Just answer how you think the tax will impact on people’s decision to vape.
- The next question is easy “Please express your agreement / disagreement with the following possible approaches for the harmonisation of tax treatment for electronic cigarettes and refill containers.” I went with fully disagree for the first two answers
- For “In your opinion, what are the likely effects of an EU-wide harmonisation of the tax regime for electronic cigarettes and refill containers on the functioning of the EU internal market?”! I chose very unlikely for all 3.
- For the next question, “Assuming a hypothetical (tax-induced) price increase of 20% for refill liquids used in electronic cigarettes what would the likely reaction of the ‘typical’ user of electronic cigarettes?” just give your opinion on what you think the reaction would be.
- “Assuming a hypothetical (tax-induced) price increase of 50% for refill liquids used in electronic cigarettes what would the likely reaction of the ‘typical’ user of electronic cigarettes?” Same again for this question.
- Heat not burn products, answer as you will or skip
- Cigarillos, fine-cut, raw and water pipe sections can all be skipped if you don’t wish to offer an opinion.
- MED (Minimum Excise Duty) mostly relates to traditional cigarettes, answer if you wish too.
- I skipped the Customs page questions as I don’t know the codes.
- Final remarks, again answer if you wish too. You can also at this point upload a document outlining your arguments or raising more specific points if you wish to do so.
- Click Submit!
- And you’re done; now go and enjoy a nice cuppa and a vape with your feet up knowing you have done your bit.