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  1. ## About me
  2.  
  3. 3 years ago, I have bought my first “electronic cigarette”. The same day I
  4. stopped smoking completely, and haven't looked back.
  5.  
  6. So I only want to discuss the taxation of e-cigarettes.
  7.  
  8. English isn't my native language, so please excuse my sometimes poor choice of
  9. words.
  10.  
  11. Thanks for doing this survey, and reading my comments!
  12.  
  13.  
  14. ## Reasons for taxation
  15.  
  16. My layman's understanding of the reasons for taxation is:
  17.  
  18. 1. Products might cause health issues, thus the state wants to compensate the
  19. increased health costs with taxation
  20. 2. Steer the consumption behavior of its people
  21.  
  22.  
  23. ## Health issues
  24.  
  25. Possible health issues from e-cigarettes can stem from
  26.  
  27. 1. Low-quality liquids, containing harmful substances (e.g. sugar, which when
  28. heated to the temperatures used in e-cigarettes (>186 degC) decomposes
  29. into caramel, which is dangerous when inhaled).
  30.  
  31. This needs to be regulated, but a generic tax on all liquids will of course
  32. not lead people to buy higher-quality liquids, but rather to buy the
  33. cheaper, low-quality ones.
  34.  
  35. 2. Battery safety. E-cigarettes use LiIon batteries (as only those provide the
  36. necessary capacity and current rating), which can explode when
  37. short-circuited.
  38.  
  39. But this again is an issue with low-quality wares only, so a generic tax on
  40. all products will make this problem worse (see above).
  41.  
  42. Additionally, the same problem exists for all LiIon-battery-powered
  43. products (laptops, torch-lights, cellphones,...), so a taxation of
  44. e-cigarettes alone would lead to less harmonization
  45.  
  46.  
  47. ## Steering consumption behavior
  48.  
  49. There is finally a way for smokers to quit cigarettes which is working, because
  50. it's cheap, and they don't have to give up their habits, e.g. I'm used to walk
  51. out of the office a few times a day, to enjoy a smoke and some small talk with
  52. my colleagues – nicotine patches don't give me that.
  53.  
  54. Why would the state want to steer people away from that?
  55.  
  56.  
  57. ## Summary
  58.  
  59. Taxation of e-cigarettes would run counter to the reasons of taxation.
  60.  
  61. If you want to ensure growth of this flourishing part of economy, and help
  62. getting Europeans healthier, keep e-cigarettes as tax-free as possible!
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