Snippets of vape news from around the world.

No Plans to Quit, but they do!

Smokers who didn’t intend to quit but started vaping significantly increased their chances of quitting, according to a new study. The article, published in late December 2021 in JAMA Network Open, a journal run by the American Medical Association, found that quit rates for smokers who started vaping daily were more successful in quitting cigarettes than those who have never used electronic cigarettes.
Nearly 20 co-authors, including Dr. Kenneth Michael Cummings, professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina; Dr. Andrew Anesetti Rohermel, a health scientist with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); and Dr. Heather Kimmel, manager of health sciences at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), focused on a small group of 1,600 people who were not yet determined to quit. Their data were obtained from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study (PATH), a nationwide longitudinal study of tobacco use conducted by the FDA and NIH. Specifically, the researchers used four “waves of data,” in which participants were assessed in three pairs of interviews between October 2014 and November 2019. Only 6% of daily smokers quit completely, but those who decide to vape daily have seen their success rates increase dramatically: 28% of smokers eventually quit when they start vaping daily.

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Israel Extreme Vape Tax: Committee To Decide

A committee of the Israel Knesset (parliament) will soon decide whether or not to pass the massive tax on vaping products imposed by the government’s finance ministry last November. This tax is the highest tax levied on vaping in the world.
The tax appears to have been imposed, but it must be retroactively approved by the Knesset’s finance committee, according to Israeli researcher Zvi Herzig. The commission could also change the order, which could mean reducing extreme tariffs by nearly $7 (US) per milliliter on e-liquids and more than $10 per pod or disposable device.
The government tax system levies a wholesale tax of 270% plus 11.39 New Israeli Shekels (NIS) per milliliter (with a minimum tax of 21.81 NIS per ml) on packaged e-liquid bottle. One NIS equals 32 US cents, which means the minimum tax on e-liquids would be $6.98 per ml. The minimum tax on pre-filled or disposable pods will be NIS 32.72 each, or $10.47.

Steep Malaysia E-Liquid Tax Postponed

The Malaysian government has postponed the imposition of a new tax on nicotine e-liquids following complaints from consumers and industry about the proposed high tax rate. The plan would also triple existing taxes on nicotine-free e-liquids. The vaping tax will go into effect on January 1 2022.  A few days earlier, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had informed the World Health Organization that the country would legalize and regulate vaping products to prevent youth access. But details of the new tax proved problematic. The planned tax rate was 1.20 Malaysian ringgits (RM) per millilitre—about $0.29/mL. The current RM 0.40 tax on zero nicotine vape juice would have tripled in the new plan.
Such high tariffs – around $17 for a 60ml bottle of e-liquid – will force legitimate sellers to compete with much cheaper black market products. “The tax increase will make vaping products more expensive than cigarettes in Malaysia,” President Rizani Zakaria of the Malaysian Vape Industry Advocacy Organization (MVIA) told The New Straits Times.
Malaysia currently bans the sale of nicotine for non-medical purposes, and raids have at times disrupted the thriving vaping trade in the country.

Comprehensive Vaping Bill Passed By Philippines Senate

The Philippines Senate today passed a bill that would legalize and regulate vaping and heated tobacco products, and eliminate the Philippines FDA`s authority over the products. The Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Act was approved by a vote of 192, with two senators abstaining.
The Philippines House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a similar bill in May. The two bills will now go to a conference committee where they will be reconciled, and both houses will vote on the final version. Then the unified bill will go to President Rodrigo Duterte to sign into law or veto.
The bill changes the minimum age to buy vaping products to 18 from the current age of 21, bringing the age to buy vaping in line with the age for buying tobacco and alcohol. It prescribes severe penalties for retailers that sell to minors. According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the bill also places restrictions on where it can be sold and prevents sellers from using social media influencers or celebrities in advertisements.
The most controversial provision in the bill is the transfer of regulatory authority for vaping and heated tobacco products from the Philippine Food and Drug Administration to the Department of Commerce and Industry. DTI will create product standards and rules for merchants. Physical and online retailers must register with the Department of Commerce and Industry and the Securities and Exchange Commission.