Taxes Will Double the Price of E-Cigarettes in the EU

The study found the number of men smoking any type of tobacco at ages 15-69 years rose by about 29 million, or 36 %, from 79 million in 1998 to 108 million in 2015, representing an average annual increase of about 1.7 million male smokers.

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets had requested the city to hold off on voting on the issue, given the threat of lawsuits other state localities have received related to raising the tobacco buying age.

Across the country in Rhode Island, state Rep. Teresa Tanzi introduced a measure that would change the tobacco buying age from 18 to 21, WPRI-TV reports. Under threat of a lawsuit, the city of Healdsburg has suspended its ordinance boosting the age.

This bill would also make 21 the minimum age to buy e-cigarettes and vapor products as well.

Sweeping tobacco control bills raising California's smoking age to 21 and treating electronic cigarettes as tobacco products passed the California Assembly on Thursday and should soon go before Gov. Jerry Brown.

"I completely understand [the Welsh health minister's] moral position when it comes to smoking but in my opinion he, and the Welsh government, are being misled by a barrage of anti e-cigarette propagandists".

Researchers from University College London estimate that use of e-cigarettes produced 16K-22K additional long-term quitters in England in 2014.1 A long-term quitter is someone who has not smoked for at least one year.

Some opponents to the proposal is aimed entirely at shoring up state revenues, with no consideration given to growing evidence that e-cigarettes are less harmful to smokers, and that such products are a viable method of quitting smoking entirely.

“Increasing the cost of cigarettes is the most powerful and direct way to reduce smoking, ” said Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica. The publication of study has coincided with the presentation of this year's General Budget, which has proposed to increase the tax rate on tobacco products.

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