The next time you use an electronic cigarette, just be thankful you’re not paying tax on it, or at least as not much taxes you could be. There is growing concern at the moment that electronic cigarettes are going to be targeted for tax. Now, this is not such a bad thing.
The party couldn’t last forever, and having taxes levied on electronic cigarettes means that we are becoming more welcome at the party the first place. But the fact that our tax is being talked about in many states in the United States of America shows that there is a cynicism at work here sometimes beggars belief.
For months, states have been crying about electronic cigarettes, talking about how they were unknown quantities when it came to danger. They were also spreading lies about the ‘gateway’argument. This argument states that young people are able to buy electronic cigarettes and use them.
This makes them vulnerable to further addiction, including tobacco cigarettes. It wasn’t that long ago, either, that the attorney generals were writing letters to the FDA asking for regulation to be quickened up. Regulation has not arrived yet, and it could be months away now. So states are starting to wake up to the financial possibilities that electronic cigarettes can bring.
Tobacco sales down
You see, the problem is that tobacco cigarettes are not being bought at the same volume that they were even six months ago. This means that because sales are down, states and the federal government cannot, in the future, rely upon the billions of dollars in taxes they havebeen receiving for decades.
Instead, there will be a gaping hole in tax revenue that someone has to fill. Currently, some states, like Minnesota, are filling the revenue gap through higher taxes.
The electronic cigarette user could suffer. It could also be the electronic cigarette retailer that suffers, or the manufacturer, and anyone else that has ever touched an electronic cigarette in their life. If it is us, then fair enough, we are sure that we will all pay something towards the privilege of being able to use a device that says our lives.
And that’s the beauty of what we do. Sure, some of us are enjoying electronic cigarettes so much that we can’t ever imagine losing them from our lives. This is perfectly fine, and it means that we have found a great alternative to smoking that still supplies us with nicotine but still feels a whole lot healthier. Anyone who has read these pages before knows that electronic cigarettes are incredibly healthy and also fantastic fun.
Vapers consciously better in health
But vapers are also unique in the fact that they are very nice people. That’s right, stand up vapers and take a bow. We have made a conscious decision to move away from something that causes sickness and disease towards another option that helps us stay alive longer, and also protects our families and friends from secondhand smoke.
This is something that should be applauded by states. Instead, they are thinking of levying huge taxes on it, some of which will affect us directly on the financial level.
How do we feel about this? Well the biggest thing that bothers us here is that there is a huge level of hypocrisy here. We will hark back again to the fact that 40 attorney state generals wrote to the FDA to try and rush regulation through, and those attorney generals were a part of the same framework that is now looking very seriously at considerable tax measures on electronic cigarettes.
Anyone who says that tax measures will help keep these things out of the hands of children is talking absolute rubbish. Tobacco cigarettes need to be kept out of the hands of children more importantly than electronic cigarettes do. Electronic cigarettes do not cause any immediate harm to anyone, so you can’t use the health argument and/or the children argument when you talk about tax.
Vaping is arguably no danger to public health
The tax argument works very well and is very strong when you bring damage to public health into it. It is quite right that we should pay tax because we are damaging the public health. But if we’re not damaging the public’s health, then tax should not be based upon this argument.
But, by golly, you can bet that the authorities and government will bring up the public-health when they want to discuss higher taxes for electronic cigarettes.
We have found a little nugget of information here at SF Gate, which perfectly epitomises the hypocrisy going on in states at the moment. Now, don’t get us wrong, we are not here to judge or preach. Anyone who likes to use marijuana, they’re fine to do so. Horses for courses, and every man may have his poison etc.
But this is a state that is actually allowing marijuana therapy within its boundaries, and taking tax, which points to the fact that states will do what states need to do to raise revenue. For the privilege of running a state, the local legislature has to provide revenue. This makes us think that they are going to jump on electronic cigarettes at the earliest opportunity.
Hypocrisy of anti-electronic cigarette movement
And we will relish that day for two reasons. First of all, it will solidify the electronic cigarette products in the American consciousness, because people now realise it’s a fully taxable product that is part of culture and it has very much grown up. This is something we’re looking forward to, because once something is taxed and part of the National infrastructure, it is very hard to attack.
The second reason we are looking forward to the tax being dealt with is that it will expose the hypocrisy at state level. We know that the state is hypocritical when they propose taxes, because they could leave electronic cigarettes alone.
They have been happy to crow about the products, but as soon as the financial issue comes up as a possible cash incentive, they jump on that and accept electronic cigarettes into the state. This is amazing, but we suppose we shouldn’t be surprised. It is politics, after all.