Could raising taxes on vaping products such as the nicotine e-cigarettes sold here at Vaper Empire lead to higher smoking rates? According to a new study led by researcher Dr Michael Pesko of Georgia State University, the answer is yes.
The authors of the study, which was published in the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, found that increasing taxes on vaping products leads to an increase in conventional cigarette use. On the other hand, the study's findings show that increasing taxes on cigarettes leads to an increase in the use of vaping products.
"These results suggest caution in regulating e-cigarettes because e-cigarette regulations may have a harmful, unintended consequence: increased smoking of traditional cigarettes."
The researchers found that a USD$1 per millilitre increase in vaping product tax raised the daily smoking rate by 5.3%. Likewise, a USD$1 increase in the tax on a packet of cigarettes led to a 14.2% increase in daily vaping.
Based on the study's findings, the researchers wrote that the "results suggest that smokers use e-cigarettes when traditional cigarette taxes rise, either to continue to consume some portion of their regular nicotine at a lower relative price or as means to quit smoking."
While there are those who have misidentified dual use of e-cigarettes and cigarettes as a negative scenario, the study's authors identify dual use as a positive outcome, as using both e-cigarettes and cigarettes simultaneously may be the result of a smoker taking up vaping in a bid to quit smoking. On this note, the study's authors wrote that vape taxes "may reduce dual use rates by discouraging adult smokers from trying to use e-cigarettes to quit."
"E-cigarette taxes may reduce dual use rates by discouraging adult smokers from trying to use e-cigarettes to quit."
In conclusion, the researchers wrote that the study's results "suggest caution in regulating e-cigarettes because e-cigarette regulations may have a harmful, unintended consequence: increased smoking of traditional cigarettes."
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