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Electronic cigarette taxes, are they just one more sin tax for the list?
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Electronic cigarette taxes, are they just one more sin tax for the list?
Over the last few years we have seen a significant increase in the tax charged on tobacco products, we have seen bans on use in public places and there is talk of further restrictions. Isn't it strange that when governments around the world were in need of more tax income, tobacco cigarettes were an easy target and there was little in the way of serious debate about possible health issues?

Fast forward a couple of decades and many would have you believe that governments have been "found out" on tobacco taxes and now they are looking at other sin taxes to replenish their empty troughs. Could this new income stream be associated with electronic cigarettes?

If you like it, they will tax it!

While the term "sin tax" is not one that many of us will have come across, it is one which you are likely to hear more of in the years to come. In simple terms, governments and corporations around the world will encourage the use of particular products, or activities, and then when the population is "hooked" they will tax it. The timing of the introduction of taxes has to be perfect, the momentum and the growing use of these products, or activities, has to be approaching the peak and only then can the population be hoodwinked by relatively small taxes which continue to grow as the years go on.

If you take a step back, take a few moments, and think about all of the major taxes which have affected your household income, how many are related to activities which you could be deemed to enjoy?

Gambling to food to alcohol….more to follow?

Even the simplest review of general taxation policies around the world will reveal that aside from tobacco, gambling, food and alcohol make up the bulk of government incomes. If we look at the UK, only a few years ago the government of the day encouraged bookmakers to install an array of electronic gaming devices in their establishments as a means of increasing gambling tax income. Fast forward a few years, we have the essence of a gambling addiction boom in the UK and governments are now looking to distance themselves from bookmakers despite the fact they encouraged growth in the use of these machines.

If we also take a look at alcohol, which can be enjoyed in moderation and enhance social interaction, this brings in billions of pounds per year for the government. Each budget the Chancellor of the Exchequer will stand up, announce an increase in alcohol taxes and we all sit back and take it in, why? We take in annual increases in tobacco taxes and alcohol taxes because they are the norm, because we expect them and because the government of the day spins us the line that they are increasing taxes to help us.

Is it a coincidence that as gambling taxes come under pressure, tobacco taxes have taken a real hit and alcohol taxes are starting to impact sales, governments around the world are now looking towards electronic cigarette taxes to "protect us". The simple fact is that if something is bad for us, can have potentially serious health implications and lead to addiction, why have regulators and governments around the world been central to these markets and their growth?

The future of government taxes

Over the last decade governments around the world have flirted with the idea of a so-called "fat tax" to increase the cost of food which is deemed to contribute towards obesity. Let us not forget that each and every taxpayer in the UK already pays their dues, we all have freedom of choice and in simple terms, if a particular ingredient or a particular food is deemed "inappropriate" then why tax it, why not just ban it?

Whether we like it or not, the idea of a so-called "fat tax" is inevitable, will become a very strong income stream for governments of the future and this will all be done in the name of our health. It is like a pickpocket talking to you face-to-face, getting to know you and then slipping one hand behind your back, into your pocket and pulling out your wallet.


Conclusion

While initially you may not be aware of the term "sin tax" it is something which you should consider in the future. It seems that governments of the day are very keen to encourage us to take up particular habits and particular activities, then once they are part of everyday life, bang, tax them!

We will leave that final thought with you………………

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02-04-2014 01:53 PM
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RE: Electronic cigarette taxes, are they just one more sin tax for the list?
Yes the government loves to get revenue anyway they can. They are nothing more than tax feeders, after all it's what they live off of. They will sell a new tax to the public anyway they can. The Fucked up part is that they should be giving you a tax break for switching to them and e-cig companies should be tax free. Why? Because using them amounts to less health care costs and a healthier nation. They should be encouraging people to switch not discouraging people. But whoever said they were smart tax feeders? 

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02-04-2014 02:22 PM
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