This is a real turnaround and a historic decision that the Estonian government has just taken. Last Wednesday, the unicameral parliament of the Republic of Estonia (Riigikogu) adopted an amendment to the law exempting vaping products from excise duty (taxes) until the end of 2022.
Estonia which ranks third in Europe for tobacco-related deaths has changed course completely and has just made a courageous decision to defend the fight against smoking. Indeed, a few days ago, The Riigikogu, the unicameral parliament of the Republic of Estonia, adopted an amendment to the law exempting e-liquids from excise duty until the end of 2022.
Tarmo Kruusimäe, chairman of the Riigikogu Smoke-Free Estonia Support Group, said the amendment would help save the health of the Estonian people. " As of June 1, 2018, an extremely high excise duty on e-cigarette liquids entered into force in Estonia, which allowed the black market and cross-border trade to flourish. By suspending the collection of excise duties for two years, we give traders the opportunity to lower the prices of e-liquid products “, Said Kruusimäe.
The changes will come into effect on April 1, 2021. According to the changes, excise duties on e-liquids will be suspended until the end of 2022. By suspending the collection of excise duties, entrepreneurs will be able to reduce the price of e-liquids and thus encourage users to buy products in Estonian outlets, and not in the border trade or on the black market.