Quebec wants to join the federal government and tax vaping products, which are particularly popular among teenagers, a move welcomed by the Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control.
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“This is excellent news for the health of young people,” said Flory Doukas, co-director and spokeswoman for the Quebec Alliance for Tobacco Control. Introducing a regional tax on vaping products […] It represents a concrete and effective measure to reduce poverty among the youth.
That’s because vaping products that carry a high risk of addiction are being sold at ridiculous prices, she added.
Currently, youth use of vaping products is on the rise in Quebec, with one in five youth vaping. Of these, a third use these products on a daily basis.
Thus, Quebec follows in the footsteps of British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador, which have already introduced a tax on vaping products. This is in addition to the federal tax, which has been applied to manufacturers since last October and which will go into effect on Jan. 1 for merchants.
Quebec has indicated its intention to join the Canadian government’s proposed joint taxation system, a turnkey system in which revenues are shared equally between the provincial and federal governments.
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