Lifestyle Economics

‘Saint Tax’ on Vaping will Drive More People to Smoke


In the Media

Kristian Niemietz writes for The Critic

In the Media

IEA Research referenced in The Mail

Christopher Snowdon writes for Spiked

IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon has written for Spiked criticising the new tax on e-cigarette liquid.

Christopher said:

“If it discourages non-smokers from taking up vaping, it is surely bound to discourage smokers from doing likewise. This is exactly what economic studies of e-cigarette taxes have shown.

“Like butter and margarine, cigarettes and e-cigarettes are direct substitutes. If you double the price of butter, people will buy more margarine.

“By taxing e-cigarettes at a prohibitively high level, the government has shown itself to be not only deeply illiberal – that has been obvious for some time – but also to be cynical, greedy and spiteful. Its commitment to public health has been exposed as a sham. And Jeremy Hunt will go down in history as the man who taxed people for giving up smoking.”

Read Christopher’s full piece here.