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Vaporizing E Cigarettes & The Future

April 22, 2014 by  
Filed under E Cigarettes, Health, Shopping

The Future for Electronic Cigarettes

Smoking is proven to be dangerous and smokers all know the risks. Dying from cancer is far more likely if you smoke cigarettes. All over the world, the tobacco industry has significant political influence.

The Government, Politicians and Future Legislation

The government in the UK faces a costly dilemma, if they aid too many smokers to quit cigarettes, they will lose a large slice of the £12 billion in annual tobacco duty that the country needs. Alcohol is another harmful substance that the government doesn’t mind too much who it kills because of the money it brings into the treasury.

Recently, there have been news stories surrounding the safety of electronic cigarettes. It seems bizarre to us that 130,000 people hurt themselves at work each year, and less than 200 die, but the Governments response is extensive health and safety legislation and the costly requirement of the creation of a risk assessment for every task required to complete a job, but 100,000 people die a year from smoking in the UK and the response is to make them stand outside to do it.

The country can’t afford for its smokers to all give up smoking. It appears that the government will only protect people if it suits their finances.

Electronic Cigarette Regulation

As tax revenues fall as more and more smokers switch to electronic cigarettes, it will become necessary for the government to regulate and therefore be able to tax electronic cigarettes and e-liquid. It is likely that regulation will mean the demise of smaller manufacturers making and selling e-cigarettes.

This won’t be about protection for the public, the government have already proven that they have no interest in protecting smokers from themselves. Regulation will allow the UK government to recover lost tobacco duty by taxing e-liquid.

Competitors to electronic Cigarettes

The smoking cessation and the tobacco industries are both going to be affected financially by the continual increase in e-cigarette usage. Even though nicotine gum and patches deliver nicotine, many smokers prefer the satisfying nicotine hit that they receive from inhaling an electronic cigarette or vaporizer.

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Tobacco companies, fearful of losing customers don’t want e-cigarettes to grow in popularity, however they aren’t in a position to credibly argue against them on health grounds. There are rumours within the industry that tobacco lobbyists are supporting the smoking cessation industries campaign against electronic devices.

Potential Regulation of E-Cigarettes

When the main concern of legislators is how to preserve their income from the duty on cigarettes, rather than the health of the general population, it makes you wonder whose best interests our politicians have at heart? Because e-liquid is made up of easy to obtain ingredients, it will always be possible to make your own e-liquid, thereby negating any duty levied on regulated products.

If the level of duty on e-liquid is too high then people will start to produce their own from easily sourced high street ingredients. Most under the counter cigarettes sold in the UK are genuine cigarettes that have been smuggled rather than counterfeit products. Saying they were dangerous fakes suited the government’s stance. In the next few months we will discover what legislation will be past to regulate e-cigarettes.

If the government can’t find a practical way to tax e-liquid and e cigarettes then it will lose too much revenue from smokers switching to use the devices.

If governments can’t successfully apply tax to e-liquid then in all probability they will choose to ban the devices regardless of the fact that they are less harmful that tobacco cigarettes. It is very probable that electronic smoking devices will be regulated to some degree in the near future.

Shrinking tobacco duty revenues will cause the government to act on regulation and taxation of electronic smoking devices and e-liquid.

The inevitable conclusion is that e cigarettes will be regulated at some point in the near future so that they can be taxed to offset lost tobacco duty receipts.

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