Excellent news from the UK; very unhealthy information from Vermont


UK vaping charge up 70% in two years – smoking at new file low

E-cigarette use continues to develop quickly within the UK, as vaping proves to be an especially profitable substitute for smoking. Newly launched knowledge from the NHS reveals that 6.3% of British adults had been present vapers in 2016, in comparison with 3.7% in 2014. In the meantime simply 14.7% of adults are people who smoke, the bottom determine ever recorded.

On the identical time, simply 6% of 11-15 yr olds reported that they presently smoke; just like the grownup determine, that is the bottom on file. As for vaping, 25% of this age group reported having tried an e-cigarette, however different knowledge reveals that the variety of them who vape repeatedly is round 1% – and virtually all of these are present or former people who smoke. Regardless of “gateway impact” hysteria pushed by a variety of public well being extremists, the so-called teen vaping epidemic resolutely refuses to seem within the UK and there’s no proof that vaping is “renormalizing” smoking.

Public Well being England’s chief government, Duncan Selbie, referred to as the info “actually optimistic information”, whereas the company’s tobacco management chief Martin Dockrell mentioned, “Vaping stays the preferred technique to stop and already this yr a number of main research have mentioned it’s twice as efficient as nicotine substitute remedy.”

Vermont goals to destroy tobacco hurt discount with huge vape tax

The ultra-liberal state of Vermont declared all-out struggle on safer alternate options to smoking on Monday, as a punitive 92% tax was imposed on e-cigarettes. Due to the large levy, vapour merchandise will now price about the identical as tobacco cigarettes – eradicating a significant incentive to change. The tax can be utilized to gadgets, liquid, prefilled cartridges, “vaping hoodies” and “restore components that may solely be utilized in vaping gadgets”.

The originator of the tax, Democratic Social gathering state consultant George Until, selected a very damaging technique to go about it. A further gross sales tax is fairly survivable for companies that may take in the lack of gross sales, as a result of no tax must be paid till merchandise have really been offered (and the tax collected from the patron). Nonetheless, Vermont is gathering a wholesale tax, which outlets need to pay earlier than they promote their inventory; for a lot of small companies, successfully doubling the price of their inventory is simply an excessive amount of to deal with; when Pennsylvania launched a 40% wholesale tax in 2016, over 500 vape outlets went out of enterprise.

With the Vermont tax set at such an eye-watering stage, we are able to anticipate many of the state’s vape outlets to rapidly exit of enterprise. That can go away many people who smoke with no various to tobacco cigarettes, which is able to nonetheless be out there at each petrol station and comfort retailer – and, because of Until’s tax, they’ll be simply as reasonably priced as safer alternate options.

JUUL pushes on with problem to San Francisco e-cig ban

A marketing campaign to overturn San Francisco’s whole ban on e-cig gross sales ought to go to the town’s voters in November, it was revealed on Tuesday. Nate Allbee, a spokesman for the Coalition for Cheap Vaping Laws, mentioned the marketing campaign has collected round 20,000 signatures; 9,458 had been required for its proposals to be included within the metropolis’s subsequent mammoth pile of referenda and elections.

CRVR’s proposals embody inserting limits on what number of gadgets or cartridges a vaper should buy at one time, each on-line and from vape outlets. Normally these can be seen as draconian assaults on vapers; the actual fact they’re being bankrolled by an e-cig firm reveals simply how insane California’s struggle on hurt discount has grow to be.

New examine reveals vaping taxes work together with cigarette tax

A brand new examine by the USA’s Nationwide Bureau of Financial Analysis has discovered that taxes on vapour merchandise work together with taxes on conventional cigarettes – and make it much less seemingly that people who smoke will stop.

In line with the examine outcomes, when taxes on cigarettes are elevated adults purchase fewer cigarettes and extra e-cigarettes; in different phrases, they change to a less expensive (and safer) choice. Nonetheless, when taxes on vapour merchandise are elevated, adults purchase fewer e-cigarettes – and the impact of taxes on cigarette gross sales is diminished.

A number of US states have already slammed vapers with punitive taxes, and others are contemplating it. What this new analysis reveals is that taxing safer alternate options makes people who smoke much less prone to change to them, and it additionally makes them much less prone to cease shopping for cigarettes if the tax on these will increase. Except your intention is to guard cigarette gross sales – and the Grasp Settlement Settlement funds that include them – then a state e-cigarette tax is clearly a really unhealthy concept. Nonetheless, tobacco management extremists proceed to push for them throughout the USA and within the EU Parliament.


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