Spanish Authorities Are Being Pressured to Introduce Vape Tax

A basic e-liquid tax on the EU common charge of €0.15 per ml, with an extra aspect for nicotine content material at €0.006 per mg, is being proposed. Final 12 months, Spain’s Ministry of Finance …

A basic e-liquid tax on the EU common charge of €0.15 per ml, with an extra aspect for nicotine content material at €0.006 per mg, is being proposed.

Final 12 months, Spain’s Ministry of Finance stated it needed to tighten the tobacco regulatory framework, in order to be consistent with WHO and EU TPD requirements, notably as regards to rules regarding vaping merchandise and different digital gadgets. The draft of the brand new tobacco invoice could also be anticipated to be prepared by September 2020, and the brand new Tobacco Act is predicted to be authorised by the tip of 2021.

The umbrella organisation- the Nationwide Committee for the Prevention of Smoking (Comité Nacional para la Prevención del Tabaquismo (CNPT) has ready a report for the Ministry of Well being suggesting an excise obligation primarily based on each quantity of e-liquid and nicotine content material. It’s proposing a basic e-liquid tax on the EU common charge of €0.15 per ml, with an extra aspect for nicotine content material at €0.006 per mg.

The group stated that with a mean tax charge of 35.6%, the Spanish authorities might gather €35m in income a 12 months from the tax. “This can be a viable possibility for the Spanish economic system,” stated a CNPT spokesperson to ECigIntelligence. “The federal government would acquire an financial return, whereas on the identical time selling a discount within the consumption of those merchandise.”

Commenting on the proposed tax, ECigIntelligence highlighted that if the Spanish authorities certainly agrees to the tax, the native vape business can be deeply impacted. The company believes that the CNPT’s proposal is at present being mentioned internally between the Ministry of Well being and the Ministry of Finance.

Spain’s inaccurate vape marketing campaign

In the meantime, final November the Well being Ministry launched an anti-vaping marketing campaign that not solely ignores all of the scientific proof in favour of vaping for smoking cessation and/or tobacco hurt discount, but additionally makes various false claims. Amongst different issues, it blames vaping for the EVALI outbreak and says that vapour is carcinogenic.

“On November 18, the Spanish Ministry of Well being launched a marketing campaign to discredit the vapor sector, on the idea of broadly scientifically denied studies (it blames EVALI amongst different issues for the accountability of digital cigarettes, the truth that the vapor emitted is carcinogenic and that digital smoking just isn’t useful in quitting smoking, and even claims that it’s simply as dangerous as cigarettes),” stated president of the Spanish Affiliation of Vape Professionals, Massimiliano Belli, in an electronic mail to Vaping Put up.

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