Vape Enterprise Eire (VBI) has warned that growing the price of vaping by an excise tax will forestall present people who smoke from making the change to a much less dangerous various and will push ex-smokers again to smoking.
In its Pre-Price range 2022 Submission to Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe TD, VBI claimed that such a transfer can be opposite to the Authorities’s general goal of attaining a Tobacco Free Eire by 2025.
Commenting, VBI nationwide spokesperson Eoin O’Boyle mentioned: “We are aware of the Government’s intention to bring in a targeted taxation regime to specifically discourage vaping and e-cigarettes. However, it is our belief that placing an excise tax on vaping products is the wrong approach for Government to take and we are keen to stress to Minister Donohoe how this will hold up achieving the ambitious target of five per cent smoking prevalence by 2025.
“On a daily basis, our members are seeing first-hand the seismic and positive impact vaping continues to have on the lives of those who made the switch from smoking and their families and friends. What we are seeing on the ground is supported by Irish based research which continues to demonstrate how vaping products are a successful less harmful alternative to smoking. An example of such findings includes the latest Irish National Drug and Alcohol Survey which revealed that 95.5% of vapers are ex or current smokers.
“Furthermore, we know from Healthy Ireland research that 41% of people who successfully quit smoking did so using vaping products, making vaping the most successful tool for quit attempts after willpower alone. Therefore, vaping must be embraced and encouraged, and not taxed, by Government if we are anyway serious about pushing smoking rates in downward direction again.”
The European Fee is at the moment finishing a evaluation of the EU Tobacco Excise Directive aimed toward making certain the right functioning of the interior European market and a harmonised method, indicating that that is prone to take care of the taxation of vapour merchandise on an EU-wide foundation.
Mr O’Boyle added: “Vaping products are not the same as smoking and should be considered as an entirely separate category to smoked tobacco products, especially when it comes to taxation. For over 240,000 Irish people vaping has played a pivotal and successful role in their quit journey.”