UK, La UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) asks the government to consider a VAT rate similar to vape to that currently applied to nicotine replacement therapies (TNR).
REDUCE THE GAP IN VAT BETWEEN VAPE AND TNRs
La UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) Take advantage of the decline of the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) in the country to ask the government to consider a more flexible VAT rate for vaping.
The call comes while the chancellor Rishi Sunak (Member of the Conservative Party) plans to reduce the VAT rate following the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, as the government did for the last time during the economic slowdown in 2008.
In a letter, the UKVIA urged the Chancellor to consider a level playing field when it comes to the VAT rate between nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) and vaping products. The goal is obviously to help adult smokers to quit smoking by vaping.
The letter points to the recent report " Vaping in england "Of Public Health England (PHE) which revealed that when vaping products were used to try to quit, alone or with authorized drugs, success rates were comparable, if not higher, than authorized drugs.
Report highlights current VAT gap between TNR products (5%) et the vape ( 20% VAT, the same as for tobacco) despite the fact that e-cigarettes, although not a cessation product, have a significant potential for positive impact on public health. This is supported by research commissioned by the NHS (National Health Service) last year which revealed that e-cigarettes are twice as effective as nicotine patches, gums or sprays in quitting smoking.
John Dunne, director of UKVIA, said: " While the country is still in the recovery phase of Covid-19, a significant reduction in VAT for vaping products would be profitable both economically and from a health point of view ". He adds " A VAT rate for vape comparable to TNR would also support the call made in the recent Public Health England report for smokers to be encouraged to try regulated vape products, quit smoking drugs and benefit from a behavioral support to increase their chances of successfully quitting smoking. »