To curb the spread of the COVID 19, the Italian government has adopted some of the most stringent measures in the world, such as banning all public assemblies, closing schools, and requiring most commercial companies, including bars and restaurants, to cease operations. Initially, e-cigarette shops were also included in the lockdown list, but now the ban has been lifted.
If the vape shops are all closed, hundreds of thousands of e-cigarette users may re-smoke. It is already a public health issue. In addition, many e-cigarette users with respiratory diseases have improved their symptoms through the use of e-cigarettes. If the Italians stop using e-cigarettes, they will see an increase in the worsening of these patients. With the current overwhelming number of beds in the intensive care unit (ICU), this will put great pressure on the national healthcare system.
This move of the Italian government proves that the government has truly recognized the benefits of e-cigarettes over cigarettes without ideological issues.
On October 25, Italian media revealed that the local tax police in Naples, capital of Calabria, found two Chinese factories suspected of smuggling and tax evasion amounting to more than 1 million euros while investigating vape juice related declaration companies.
It is reported that the two Chinese factories are located in the Melito area of Naples. Tax police inspected the two factories and found that they did not have customs permits from purchasing pure liquid nicotine to selling products. They purchased them from China at a unit price of 50 to 60 euros per liter and proved the source of these “essential oils” with false documents.
The police found at least 36 liters of concentrated nicotine vape juice in the factory, which could produce tens of thousands of electronic cigarettes. Police also found 26 black workers in Chinese factories.
Italy’s tax law on fumes expressly stipulates a tax of 0.3976 euros per milliliter, and the price of e-liquid containing nicotine is about 500 to 600 euros per liter on average. Italy is the first country to levy taxes on e-cigarettes, which levies 12 billion euros a year on vape juice.
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Reported that the two Chinese factories skilfully avoided the Italian tax policy through smuggling and poured undocumented vape juice into the whole European market for huge profits.
At present, the police have seized the two Chinese factories, and the Chinese involved have also been prosecuted by the police.