Excessive Taxes On Vaping May Keep Adults Smoking
Outlandish taxation and regulations against vaping may deter smokers from considering it as an option to aid in smoking cessation.
The vaping industry has faced intense regulatory pressure and media scrutiny following concerns over teen access and instances of lung injuries being misattributed to vaping. Throughout the country, vapers face varying forms of prohibitionist policy, preventing them from safely accessing a proven smoking cessation device and reduced harm alternative to tobacco.
Research has emerged, showing that excessive regulations and taxes on vaping may actually keep people smoking by preventing them from viewing vaping as a viable option. A new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research highlights the potential adverse public health and economic ramifications that come from the blanket prohibition against vaping.
Members of the vaping industry and community have long cautioned against the negative public health and economic ramifications behind prohibitionist policies, such as vaping bans that are only now being brought to light. Meanwhile, anti-vaping activists have championed these excessive taxes and regulations as a means to prevent people from having safe access to vapor products.
Prohibitionist policies such as flavor bans may lead to a variety of public health problems brought on by continued tobacco use by adult smokers who are prevented access to vapor products, which have been repeatedly demonstrated to be remarkably effective in aiding smoking cessation. The public health consequences far outweigh any perceived benefit of preventing teens from vaping, which has been repeatedly demonstrated to be overblown.
Excessive Regulation and Taxation
A study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research estimates that taxing e-cigarettes at the same rate as cigarettes have the potential to deter over 2.5 million Americans from quitting smoking over the coming decade. While there is no federal tax on vapor products such as e-cigarettes, 17 states, as well as the District of Columbia have implemented some form of a vaping tax.
In the study from the NBER, researchers looked at Minnesota’s 95% tax on wholesale vapor products and the ramifications that policy may have had on public health. The authors concluded that tax prevented over 32,000 adult smokers from quitting in that state alone.
The researchers caution that federally taxing e-cigarettes at the same rate as cigarettes may cause prices to jump as much as 62%, potentially deterring up to 2.7 million Americans from quitting nationwide. The smoking epidemic currently impacts over 34 million Americans, or almost 14% of the adult population, preventing them safe access to an effective smoking cessation device is outright detrimental to public health.
Researchers note the conflict between restricting teen access to vapor products while ensuring adult smokers still have safe access. “The public health benefits of not taxing e-cigarettes, however, must be weighed against effects of this decision on efforts to reduce vaping by youth,” the authors cautioned.
Facts About Nicotine Vaping
We live amid a worldwide smoking epidemic that currently impacts over a billion people globally. The CDC estimates there are currently 34 million smokers in the United States alone, 16 million of which now live with some form of smoking-related disease.
Current data indicates vaping may be one of the greatest assets available in combating the global smoking epidemic. Research from the University of Louisville found vaping to be the most effective smoking cessation device available, more than even prescription options.
Not only has vaping been demonstrated as an effective smoking cessation device, but it has been repeatedly demonstrated to be less harmful than tobacco as well. According to a landmark study by Public Health England, researchers found that vaping is 95% safer than smoking. In addition, research published in the Journal of Aerosol Sciences concluded vapers have a 57,000 times lower risk of developing cancer over their lifetimes when compared to smokers.
Additionally, one of the nation’s leading academic bodies concluded there was little to no risk of harm to long-term users of vapor products. Research published by the National Academy of Sciences found that vaping is not only less harmful than smoking, but there are no long-term health effects associated with long-term usage.
Excessive taxation and regulations against vapor products leave millions of adult smokers left with few options in helping to curb their cigarette addictions. Despite public health experts repeatedly cautioning against blanket prohibitionist policy based upon fear and not fact, lawmakers continue to implement new regulations, further strangling the vapor industry.
While preventing teen access to vapor products is a significant concern, claims of a teenage vaping epidemic have been repeatedly demonstrated to be overblown. In fact, current data indicate that flavor bans actually end up hurting adult smokers rather than protecting teens.
With prospects of a federal ban on flavored vapor products looming again on the horizon, it is imperative for the vaping industry and community to continue to champion the benefits of vapor products. Civic engagement is one of the strongest ways for the vaping community to make their voices heard and let lawmakers know what is important to them as citizens and voters.
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