According to overseas media BNN, starting from January 1, 2024, Belgium will implement a new tax policy on e-cigarette oil, and a tax of 15 euro cents per milliliter will be charged. The move sparked dissatisfaction among e-cigarette users and retailers, who feared the increased cost could lead to a return to traditional tobacco cigarettes.
E-cigarette user and retailer Paule expressed concern that the new tax policy would have an impact on his income and could lead to a return to traditional cigarettes, which could pose health risks. There is also pressure from retailers located near the border, who worry that their business will be lost because the tax does not exist in neighboring countries.
A spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Finance said the tax rate was in line with Germany's and was likely to increase in coming years. They further elaborated that their goal is not to encourage people to return to traditional smoking, but to acknowledge that e-cigarettes are also a tobacco product and should be regarded as a temporary means.
The purpose of the new tax policy is to prevent teenagers aged 15-24 from trying e-cigarettes, especially those who have never smoked.