The Netherlands’ government plans to introduce legislation soon that will ban flavored vaping products (except tobacco) next year, and tax the products that remain.
The news came in a letter from health minister Paul Blokhuis to the Tweede Kamer, the Dutch house of representatives.
Blokhuis told the parliament that the government would not ban tobacco flavors “in order not to discourage smokers who wish to quit smoking.” In addition to the flavor ban, the finance ministry is drafting a plan to tax e-liquid—a move supported by the health ministry. The Dutch government also supports the inclusion of vaping products in the European Union’s harmonized tobacco tax framework.
“All kinds of organizations are working very hard to make it harder to start smoking and easier to quit. This is also urgently needed because it remains unacceptable that 20 thousand people die in our country every year from the effects of smoking and about 75 children start smoking every day,” Blokhuis said, according to NL Times. “The new insights confirm that the smoke-free generation that is on its way must also be an e-cigarette-free generation. There is no room for e-cigarettes with all kinds of seductive, exotic flavors in this.”
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