On September 14th, Vape Business Ireland (VBI) warned that increasing the cost of e-cigarettes through consumption tax will prevent current smokers from turning to less harmful alternatives and may prompt former smokers to re-smoker.
The VBI stated in the 2022 pre-budget document submitted to the Minister of Finance Paschal Donohoe TD that such a move would go against the government's overall goal of achieving no tobacco in Ireland by 2025.
VBI national spokesperson Eoin OBoyle said in the comments: We know that the government intends to introduce a targeted tax system to specifically block e-cigarettes and e-cigarettes. However, we believe that levying a consumption tax on e-cigarette products is a wrong approach taken by the government, and we would like to emphasize to Minister Donohue how this will achieve the ambitious goal of 5% smoking rate by 2025.
"Every day, our members have witnessed the continuing earthquake and positive impact of e-cigarettes on the lives of ex-smokers and their families and friends. What we have seen on the ground is supported by the Irish study, which continues to prove e-cigarettes Cigarette products are a successful and less harmful alternative to smoking. An example of such survey results include the latest Irish survey, which showed that 95.5% of e-cigarette users are former or current smokers.”
"In addition, we know from Healthy Ireland research that 41% of people who successfully quit smoking use e-cigarette products to quit smoking, which makes e-cigarettes the most successful smoking cessation tool after only relying on willpower. Therefore, if we really If you want to push the smoking rate down again, the government must accept and encourage e-cigarettes instead of taxing."
The European Commission is currently completing the review of the EU Tobacco Consumption Directive, which aims to ensure the normal operation and uniform methods of the European internal market, which indicates that this may deal with the taxation of steam products within the EU.
Mr. Oboyl added: E-cigarette products are different from smoking and should be regarded as a completely different category from smoking tobacco products, especially in terms of taxation. For more than 240,000 Irish people, e-cigarettes have played a key and successful role in their journey to quit smoking.