Belgium Implements e-Cigarette Consumption Tax, Leading to Higher Prices

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Belgium to impose a consumption tax on e-liquid used in e-cigarettes, raising concerns of increased prices and cross-border purchases.

According to a report by GVA on November 25th, the Belgian federal government has decided to impose a consumption tax on e-liquids used in e-cigarettes, at a rate of 15 cents per milliliter.

Under the new tax policy, the price of a 50ml bottle of e-cigarette liquid will increase from 15 euros to 22.5 euros. This means that on average, e-cigarette users will have to spend an extra 15 euros per month, resulting in an additional expenditure of 180 euros per year. Experts in the industry are concerned that the rise in prices of e-cigarettes may impact consumer purchasing behavior as it could encourage consumers to opt for cross-border purchases of e-cigarettes and e-liquids.

Starting from 2025, a display ban will be implemented, making it possible for cigarettes and e-cigarettes to no longer be visible in stores. Consequently, shop owners must store them in separate rooms or cabinets.

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