This tax which will shortly be implemented. It will target all new products sold in Luxembourg. Both manufacturers and importers of e-cigarettes and refills will need to notify each and every product launched on the market to the Health Department. A 5.000€ tax will come along every notification. This extremely burdensome requirement is included in the national anti-tobacco law and will tax e-cigarettes similarly to tobacco products. It is hard today to evaluate the impact of such a measure, but we can fear that some specialized vaping stores will have to close in the coming months.
For the government, vaping is similar to vaping
This new tax confirms the government’s position on vaping. In 2016, Lydia Mutsch, the Health Minister had already declared that vaping was similar to smoking.
Indeed, contrary to neighboring countries, the Grand-Duchy reckons that vaping is not a tool to quit smoking. It is instead a « gateway to tobacco use » for the youth.