Polands battle of the taxes with e-cigarettes versus heat not burn products
According to some sources in Poland, a new battle is emerging between heat not burn products versus e-cigarettes, and it is being fought out in the tax arena.
Polish vapers believe that Philip Morris International is using a tried and tested strategy to get their heat not burn devices preferential treatment over e-cigarettes. Having had success in Italy where they achieved a 50% reduction in excise duties for their novel tobacco products, they are allegedly trying the same tactic in Poland.
In theory, the taxation for the heat not burn products will be at the same level of e-cigarettes, but e-cigarettes actually come out worse due to an equivalence system.
The proposed new taxes would, according to CASE, a consulting company, be a rational choice from a state budget viewpoint, though it appears those lobbying on behalf of the tobacco industry are pushing for an e-cigarette tax that amounts to taxation per 1ml of e-liquid, irrespective of whether it contained nicotine or not. It is here that the disparity will come in against e-cigarettes.
There are between 1.7- 2 million vapers in Poland. Jerzy Jurczynski, spokesman for the largest EU e-cigarette network believes that before imposing any taxes, the Polish Governments should allow for the implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive, and decide after that. Excessive taxation can and does destroy e-cigarette markets. The TPD will do much to destroy the existing market, with any bruising taxation being the final blow.
The Tobacco Industry pays an important role in the Polish economy, paying over €5.53 billion to the state in excise duties and employs more than 60,000 people.
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