Salceda seeks higher sin tax on vaping, e-cigarettes
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
House Committee on Ways and Means chair Joey Salceda (Albay) said higher excise tax should be imposed now to e-cigarettes products after President Rodrigo Duterte issued a clarification over the supposed nationwide vape ban imposed last Tuesday.
Instead of the initial proposal to scrap it, Salceda said he will now push for a higher rate than the earlier proposed P25 per milliliter of nicotine salt-based vape products under House Bill No. 1026 which was approved by the Lower House last August.
“We might will go for a higher rate than P25/ml to P45/ml,” said Salceda.
Salceda’s remarks came after he received clarification from the President that “he is banning public vaping only” and still can be used for private consumption.
“Puwede naman daw vaping and cigarettes sa bahay. So will you still adjust the sin tax bill the way you announced? Or hindi na? Because it looks like you can still tax vaping and e-cigarettes since consumers can still use at home,” said Salceda.
He noted that the more than one million vape and e-cigarette users “are almost totally upper middle to high income class versus the 23-million smokers with seven million (belong) in the lowest 50 percent (of the population).”
Salceda stressed that the entry cost to vaping is relatively high at P1,600 so it’s better that Congress might as well go for higher taxation of it.
The Albay solon earlier warned that government is set to lose P1.4-billion worth of annual income if vape products will be totally prohibited.