This E-Cigarette Tax Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

The Daily Signal | 10/21/2019 | Staff
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Adam Michel focuses on tax policy and the federal budget as a policy analyst in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

Sin taxes of all types have unintended consequences.

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A new proposal in the House Ways and Means Committee to tax electronic cigarettes could harm the health of Americans—and could even be deadly.

The tax will slow the decline in traditional smoking-related health complications as fewer adults switch to smokeless alternatives that research has demonstrated to be less harmful.

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The tax will also stimulate the black market and move the sale of otherwise legal products outside the reach of law enforcement and health officials.

The health risks of traditional tobacco cigarettes are well-known. Cigarette use “is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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New products such as e-cigarettes are able to deliver nicotine without the chemicals and tar that are most destructive to the human body. Nicotine alone does not cause cancer.

E-cigarettes don’t have to be 100% risk-free to be a major improvement over inhaling from the end of what I grew up knowing as “death sticks.”

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In a comprehensive report, Public Health England concluded that e-cigarettes are “95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes” and “have the potential to help smokers quit.”

Ninety-five percent is a lot less death.

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If Congress is worried about public health, it should be broadcasting the potential benefits of vaping, rather than taxing and vilifying the healthier alternative.

Adult smokers are increasingly switching to less harmful e-cigarettes. A new tax would slow this progress. Adult smokers are less likely to make the switch from traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes after a new vaping tax is imposed, according to a recent study of new state taxes.

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The tax would be in addition to the Food and Drug Administration’s...
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