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Is Vaping power making a difference in the political arena?
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Is Vaping power making a difference in the political arena?
In a welcome move it was revealed this week that New Jersey lawmakers have abandoned plans to increase electronic cigarette taxes. The idea was to increase state taxes by 75% to raise an additional $35 million per annum to help an ailing budget. While many automatically assumed that the tax hike on electronic cigarettes was a "done deal" it now appears that campaigning by the convenience store lobby group may have had an impact.

Up until lately there is no doubt that the political elite have held the higher ground when looking towards electronic cigarette taxes. We have seen suggestions of imminent tax rises, the need to cover "additional" health expenditure instigated under a guise of improving the health of the nation. So what happened in New Jersey?

Are politicians finally listening?

It is something of a mystery as to why the New Jersey lawmakers suddenly decide to drop the introduction of a 75% increase in electronic cigarette taxes. There was no mention, there was no indication and ultimately even the convenience store lobby group was surprised at the end result. There is a growing conclusion that the political elite are finally listening to the vaping community and when you bear in mind it now numbers in the millions perhaps this is sensible?

While there is no doubt that the convenience store lobby group has "won the day" this is a battle success while the war still goes on. Politicians will in due course attempt again to push through an array of tax rises for electronic cigarettes. They have done their best to demonise ecigs in the mass media although the number of vapers in the US, and indeed around the world, continue to grow.

Savings on declining tobacco intake

Even though many people have highlighted potential healthcare costs for long-term users of electronic cigarettes, although nothing has been proven as yet, why so little mention of potential savings on health care costs due to reduced tobacco consumption? There is no doubt that the ongoing reduction in tobacco use in the US will have a major impact upon state healthcare costs although the full benefits may not come through until many years into the future.

It is difficult to see why potential savings have not been highlighted but then again, the cost of living continues to rise, the cost of public services increases year-on-year and this is definitely squeezing state budgets. The truth of the matter is that whatever the budget in any one state, or indeed any one country, politicians will always find a way to spend it and are quite often left asking for more.

Conclusion

It is interesting to note that people and business power seems to have been behind the decision by lawmakers in New Jersey to drop a potential 75% increase in electronic cigarette taxes. There is no doubt that this is a battle which has been won but it is one of many which will dictate the success or failure in the long-term war against overregulation and overtaxation of electronic cigarettes.

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11-07-2014 07:15 PM
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RE: Is Vaping power making a difference in the political arena?
Mark. Have you seen the reports on eliquid toxicity published over here?

It makes the idea of classifying them as a sin extremely difficult to any rational person when they are compared to washing up liquid on a toxicity scale.....
11-07-2014 07:43 PM
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Mark was telling me about that earlier today.. another foot up the butt of those filthy, corrupt anti ecig campaigners Good
11-07-2014 07:45 PM
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http://www.ecita.org.uk/blog/index.php/h...-e-liquid/

Interesting read.
11-07-2014 07:59 PM
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Now that's funny right there!

If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind?
12-07-2014 03:02 PM
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