September 19

Taxes may keep smokers from switch to vaping Is that good

first_imgSAN DIEGO — Smoking has dropped to historic lows nationwide, dramatically decreasing revenue from tobacco taxes. In search of funds, a growing number of states are taxing electronic cigarettes — a trend that is sparking a fierce public health debate over whether it will deter smokers from switching to a potentially safer alternative.California is the seventh state to tax e-cigarettes after a Nov. 8 ballot measure. Proposition 56 also adds a $2 per pack state tax to cigarettes.State officials are still calculating the new tax structure. The vaping industry estimates the tax could make it more expensive to vape than smoke, even with the additional per-pack tobacco tax.“California just made the most attractive option unattractive for many smokers, and unaffordable,” said Gregory Conley of the American Vaping Association, which advocates for electronic cigarettes as an alternative to tobacco. “Some may never make an attempt to quit.”The taxation of e-cigarettes has split the public health community between those who support e-cigarettes’ being treated the same as tobacco and those who see them as an important tool in the fight against smoking, the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States.There’s no scientific consensus on the risks or advantages of “vaping.”“It’s one of the nastiest debates I’ve ever seen in the public health community, and I’ve been researching tobacco control policies for 40 years,” University of Michigan public health professor Kenneth Warner said. “The momentum, if you will, is in the direction against e-cigarettes, for sure, and it is unfortunate in a big way, because we may be missing out on a potential intervention that could reduce the toll of smoking by a lot.”last_img

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