4 Reasons Why Electronic Cigarette Devices Should Not Be Taxed

4 Reasons Why Electronic Cigarette Devices Should Not Be Taxed
The recent Malaysian budget 2020 proposed that electronic cigarette products should be taxed which I totally disagree. Although this could be a potential new earning for the government, "e-cigarette" tax will actually lead to higher smoking rates among Malaysians. Some lawmakers insisted that slapping taxes on electronic cigarette products could curb addiction of nicotine among teens, but then again proper law enforcement should be done instead of punishing the electronic cigarette industry. Don't get more wrong, I am not condoning electronic cigarette but it is better compared to the smoking of traditional cigarettes, right?

Before we proceed, do note that electronic cigarette is not the same as vaping!

Electronic Cigarette Tax Should Not Be Imposed 

4 Reasons Why Electronic Cigarette Devices Should Not Be Taxed

How E-cigarette: How Does It Work? 


Truth to be told, it will be completely impossible to eradicate tobacco use. Hence if we had to put up with either smoking of cigarettes or electronic cigarettes, it would be clear that the latter will be much preferred by a lot of non-smokers. Being a non-smoker myself, I have noticed that since more and more traditional smokers have switched to electronic cigarettes, it feels more comfortable to dine out as the environment has less second-hand smoke. Essentially, I can point out that electronic cigarette has been the saving grace for those who cannot stand the terrible stench and smoke of cigarettes. So yeah~I prefer people to choose electronic cigarettes instead of smoking! 

4 Reasons Why Electronic Cigarette Devices Should Not Be Taxed

1. Electronic Cigarette Helps People To Ditch Traditional Cigarettes

It is a fact that puffing an electronic cigarette is less detrimental to your health compared to smoking a traditional cigarette. That is why a lot of smokers have switched to electronic cigarettes as it is the less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes. Unlike smoking, electronic cigarette will not result in combustion, fire, ash or smoke. Since no burning is involved, the levels of harmful chemicals are significantly reduced as well compared to a cigarette. However if electronic cigarette devices are taxed, those who want to quit smoking will continue to do so. Moreover, a lot people who are using electronic cigarette devices will inevitably switch back to smoking traditional cigarettes which is relatively cheaper but more harmful to the health of the smokers and those around the addict. Yes and that means non-smokers like me will suffer.


4 Reasons Why Electronic Cigarette Devices Should Not Be Taxed

2. Electronic Cigarette Helps Create an Environment without Second-Hand Smoke

One of the main reasons why I hate cigarette smokers is of course due to the terrible SMOKE! We non-smokers deserve the right to a smoke-free environment. We need to understand that the air that we breathe in is the same no matter where we go. In other words, regardless of where the smoking takes place, the awful stench of cigarette smoke will still permeate the common air that we inhale into our lungs. We-the non-smokers should not be unfairly subjected to the harmful effects of passive smoke in public. Obviously, electronic cigarette does help to create an environment without second-hand smoke for us non-smokers. But if tax is incurred to electronic cigarette devices, rest assured that the air will again be tainted by cigarette smoke. Don't you want a better environment for our children and ourselves? 

4 Reasons Why Electronic Cigarette Devices Should Not Be Taxed

3. Electronic Cigarette Is Less Intrusive to Our Health & Lifestyle

Unlike the traditional cigarettes, e-cigarette is less intrusive to the health and lifestyle of everyone. I dare say that electronic cigarettes are actually helping us (especially non-smokers) to remain healthier. Why is that so? Let's talk about the smoke from the cigarettes, shall we? It is a well known fact that smoking will increase the risk of heart diseases, cancer and other ailments for smokers. How about us, the non-smokers? 

4 Reasons Why Electronic Cigarette Devices Should Not Be Taxed

It has also become increasingly clear that second hand smoke will also cause non-smokers to have heart ailments and terminal disease such as cancer. For the record, second hand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and 70 of them are carcinogenic or cancer-causing. The bottom line is that second-hand smoke can also be fatal for innocent bystanders like you and me. Hence when we impose electronic cigarette tax, the health of non-smokers will be affected as well. 

4. Electronic Cigarette Devices Are Different From Cigarettes

To compare electronic cigarette devices to cigarettes is totally unfair and for this reason alone, taxes should not be imposed. Lawmakers need to bear in mind that the mechanical device used to heat the tobacco unit for electronic cigarette is completely different from a stick of cigarette. Moreover, to impose tax on electronic cigarette devices will also increase the overall cost of adopting e-cigarette. This in turn will cause more people to turn to smoking which is the more harmful alternative. 


4 Reasons Why Electronic Cigarette Devices Should Not Be Taxed
We all want an environment without second-hand smoke! 

Across the world, countries which have imposed taxes on electronic cigarette devices have seen a tremendous increase in smoking of traditional cigarettes. Policies which are aimed to prevent youth from puffing e-cigarette have actually caused more people to smoke. In other words, electronic cigarette tax has actually encouraged cigarettes smoking. Is that what our government wants to see? Instead of imposing such taxes, the government should focus more on measures and law enforcements to prevent youth from access to nicotine products. It is clear that electronic cigarette is the lesser of the two evils. Therefore, I hereby restate my stand that electronic cigarette devices should not be taxed as I want an environment without second-hand smoke. 

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  1. Betul juga bagi mereka yg mmg belum bole stop merokok bole jdikan rokok elektronik ni alternatif tapi klu dah mahal giler nanti mesti rokok terus dicari..

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    1. Ya kan. Kalau tambah tax semua akan terus rokok saje kan?

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  2. I'm afraid I absolutely don't agree on pint 3. Less intrusive? Still smoke come out like chimney.

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    1. Hi Lina. I believe you have mistook e-cigarettes' to vaping. There is a lot of smoke from vape but not e-cigarette.

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  3. Are you a user of e-cigarettes?

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  4. Ok baru tau konsep e-cigarette. Ingatkan sama dengan vape. Kalau kena tax mesti orang tak nak beli sebab akan jadi lagi mahal. Ok setuju yg ni.

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    1. Ya tak sama dengan vape. Kedua-dua mereka berlainan. :)

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  5. I actually enjoyed reading about the concept of e-cigarette as this is the first time I'm hearing it as to be tax or not, I leave it to the authority to decide as it doenst affect me at all

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    1. Well eventually it will affect us. If e-cigarette devices are taxed more people will be smoking the traditional cigarette with pungent stench then.

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  6. I was one of those people who thought vape and e-cigarette were one and the same, although I personally wouldn't mind people vaping near me. Much better than stinky cigarette smoke. Anyway, thanks for enlightening me. I believe you've got a point there. They're inadvertently making it harder for people to recover from their addiction.

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    1. True that. If these e-cigarette devices are taxed, more people will return to traditional smoking which will be bad for us.

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  7. This is not the same as vaping? Gotta check it out then! Heard vaping isn't that less harmful as smoking cigarettes after all.

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    1. Yes it is different. For vaping, there will still be a lot of smoke but not for e-cig. :)

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  8. Pasal tax biarla gov yang tentukan. But part nak stop smoking tu diri sendiri je yg boleh tolong. Ada yg boleh stop sendiri pon tanpa e-cigarette. Semua terletak pada diri sendiri

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    1. Ya tapi kalau yang tukar balik kepada rokok biasa, maka banyak asap lar yang orang tidak meroko perlu alami.

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  9. Bila baca batu tau vape tu lain dari rokok elektronik. Menarik fakta ni. Boleh bantu yang susah nak stop

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  10. They will tax it if they want to. We can't do anything. LOL

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    1. True that. If they really want to do the right thing they will have outright bad, right? So yeah...you know. LOL :D

      Then again I strongly disagree that e-cig devices should be taxed...then we non-smokers yang kena tempias.

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  11. Ramai juga nampak kawan-kawan Suami guna jenis electronic vape gini.. tapi Suami tetap dengan merokok asap tu lagi, cuma dah kuranglah, sebab dia ada buat steant jantung.. nak stop kemain susah sebab dh jadi rutin kan...ermmmm

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    1. Yang ni bukan vape. Electronic cig ini berlainan daripada vape.

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  12. Every blooming products in the industry they will "Do" it for sure.. that's source of income too, we, the consumers and the "RAKYAT" have to bear the cost!!!! duh!

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    1. And the politicians will be pocketing the money. LOL :D

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  13. I used to use this E-cig when I was younger, this reminds me of my younger time.

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    1. So right now you are free of tobacco already? :D

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  14. Oh baru tau pasal ni. selalu tau pasal common vape and yang lain lain. thanks for sharing ya

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