Public health experts: proposed U.S. vaping tax could create more smokers


Higher tax rates on electronic cigarettes, reducing vaping rates and increasing the use of traditional cigarettes.

While the House bill includes a nicotine tax that would apply to vaping products and nicotine packets, making them comparable to existing ones on cigarettes, it excludes FDA-approved NRTs such as than nicotine gums and patches. The measure is part of the latest version of the social spending and the climate bill this could pass shortly, but faces an uncertain path due to opposition in the Senate.

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Meanwhile, in line with arguments from tobacco control experts, a recent study published in the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, examining the effects of traditional tax rates on cigarettes and e-cigarettes on rates of tobacco use among adults, found that the increase in tax rates on vaping products are directly proportional to the increase in smoking rates.

The study entitled “The Effects of Traditional Tax Rates on Cigarettes and Electronic Cigarettes on Adult Tobacco Product Use”, Analyzed the effects of taxes on traditional cigarettes and vaping products on the use of these same products among adults in the United States. Researchers looked at data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), from 2011 to 2018.

The research team found that higher taxes on traditional cigarettes reduced smoking among adults and increased e-cigarette use among adults. Likewise, higher tax rates on electronic cigarettes have increased the consumption of traditional cigarettes and reduced vaping.

“Cross-tax effects imply that products are economic substitutes. Our results suggest that a proposed national e-cigarette tax of $ 1.65 per milliliter of vaping liquid would increase the proportion of adults who smoke cigarettes daily by about 1 percentage point, translating to 2.5 millions of daily adult smokers more than the counterfactual of not having the tax ”, read the summary of the study.

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