According to vapingpost, the Canadian e-cigarette Association (CVA) said that because many countries, cities and regions insist on increasing e-cigarette taxes to solve the problem of youth smoking, these measures are in most cases encouraging e-cigarette users to return to cigarettes.
It is undeniable that the decline of smoking rate worldwide is directly related to the increase of e-cigarette use rate, which is constantly confirmed by scientific data. However, the ban on flavoring and excessive taxation have caused e-cigarette users to smoke again. Sadly, all the active efforts of many smoke-free organizations to encourage this transformation have been lost.
To make matters worse, although the data show that e-cigarettes are significantly safer than flammable cigarettes, in some cases, their tax rates are higher than the latter. “Taxing pathogenic products at a rate lower than the solution is counter intuitive and counterproductive. The Royal College of medicine has shown that steam products are 95% less hazardous than cigarettes, a result that has been repeated in annual studies over the past six years
Referring to a Minnesota study, CVA added: “there are a number of studies showing that taxing aerosol products only increases the use of tobacco products, which is the leading cause of death in North America.”
The Minnesota study “the impact of e-cigarette taxes on smoking rates: evidence from Minnesota” found that taxing e-cigarette products led to an 8.1% increase in tobacco use and a 1.4% decrease in smoking cessation. The report also concluded that if no taxes were imposed on steam products, 32400 adults would quit smoking. “
This has been reflected in a number of other studies, and in some cases, even before the implementation of stringent measures, top economists have predicted. In 2018, San Francisco voters approved the ban on flavored tobacco products, leading to the first spice ban in the United States, which Ted Egan, the city’s chief economist, points out that the ban has no real impact on the city’s economy.
He explained that this was because the money previously spent on e-cigarettes would still be spent in cities on other nicotine products, such as regular cigarettes.
A subsequent study to determine the impact of the ban on tobacco use behavior, the impact of the San Francisco ban on young people, found that Egan’s prediction was accurate.
Before and after the implementation of the prohibition of alcohol, 247 San Francisco residents were sampled to understand their e-cigarettes and tobacco use. The aggregate data show that, although the ban did lead to a decline in sales of e-cigarettes and cigars, it has also, unfortunately, led to a surge in smoking rates. In addition, the study also found that the measure was not properly implemented, with 65% of participants saying they could obtain flavoring products through illegal channels.
Similarly, in terms of Taxation, a study by the National Bureau of economic research found that “although the cigarette tax reduces the use of cigarettes and the e-cigarette tax reduces the use of e-cigarettes, there are also important interactions between them.”. Michael pesco, a health economist and assistant professor at Georgia State University, said in a statement. E-cigarettes and cigarettes are economic alternatives. Therefore, if you tax one product, you will increase the use of another. “