If you are a vaper or a smoker or a 2nd hand smoker, then this story applies to you. The main question you have to ask yourselves is should the UK government follow suite in allowing ecigs as we know them to be banned in the UK. If you are reading this and do not live in the EU this story most likely still applies to you.
Please bare in mind the UK government has no plans to ban cigarettes and they have been ramming the “stop smoking” down our throats for years now, millions of us stop by switching the the ecig saving thousands of lives every year and they wish to ban them despite all evidence to date proving them to be safe not only to the vaper but to 2nd hand vapers also.
e-cigarette in use
The following excerpts are taken from fullfact.org posted on November 28, 2013 • 5:20 pm
“Smokers will be all too familiar with the price of cigarettes, but perhaps not with how much of it is actually tax.
According to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) figures, the typical price of a pack of 20 cigarettes was £6.83 last year. Of this, a full £5.61 was tax, incuding tobacco duty and VAT. So 82% of the price of a pack is tax which goes back to the Treasury. Hand-rolling tobacco is less burdened by tax (67% goes to the Treasury) and cigars even less so (45%).”
“If current research is anything to go by, smoking is likely to be costing the NHS between £2.5 and £6 billion in today’s prices, although there’s a considerable degree of uncertainty to the estimates.”
“The government takes in a total of about £9.5 billion in tobacco duties, and the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association estimates another £2.6 billion goes to the Treasury in VAT. So the Treasury is taking in about £12 billion directly from tobacco sales.”
The last two excerpts speak mountains to me, if all smokers switch to e-cigs the UK treasury could feasibly lose 6 to 10 billion pounds a year in tax, something tells me our health is of little or no concern to us what so ever.
And finally just to make matter worse the following story angers myself and many other vaper’s with the pure hippocracy our wonderful government is blatantly showing us. http://cigelectric.co.uk/mhra-endorsement-of-electronic-cigarette/