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The E-cigarette seems to be enemy no1 to some parts of the world, while it is proven to be much less harmfull compared with tobacco cigarettes. It is obvious that several governments around the world not really care for your health but are more eager to collect your earned money at the cost of your health.

Smokers who are seeking alternatives for their tobacco cigarette find themselves more and more in vapestores where they buy a e-cigarette. While using this e-cigarette they manage to quit smoking. There are three parties who don’t like that. Big Tobacco, Big Pharma and Big Government.

The first two, we all know, they don’t like use of e-cigarettes because they loose money on this one. But, the third party, the governments should be happy to see a decline in smoking deaths. Strange enough it isn’t.

Several governments are stakeholders in tobacco companies and, on tobacco they cash in tax revenues. This is not the case, or, was… for electronic cigarettes. But now the clouds are getting darker and governmental greed has come to the door in disguise of “Tax to save public health”.

Well, Taxing e-cigarettes will never be a intelligent solution. First of all it will decrease use of e-cigarettes which decrease public health quality. Then, at a certain percentage of tax, smoking will increase, which will decrease public health much more. In this scenario Public Health will severely decrease what means more smokers diseases and deaths. Tax on E-cigarettes stimulates tobacco cigarette sales. It’s not exactly rocket science..

A survey around 35000 vapeshops shows that every 10% raise of tax on e-cigarettes or liquid will cause a raise of 11% sales of tobacco cigarettes, according to The National bureau of Economic Research. When governments implement this kind of tax, you are sure this has to do with tobacco cigarette protection, not with your health protection!

resource reference: The Effects of E-Cigarette Taxes on E-Cigarette Prices and Tobacco Product Sales: Evidence from Retail Panel Data – National Bureau of Economic Research