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Britons want vaping products to be tax free, reveals survey

February 19, 2022

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According to a survey by GoSmokeFree.co.uk, 59 per cent of 1200 respondents said tax-free vaping products would encourage people to change their habits.

GoSmokeFree.co.uk surveyed 1200 people in January to find out their opinion on smoking and vaping. Over a third (37 per cent) of people said vaping should be made available on prescription on the NHS.

Of ex-smokers who switched to vaping, 42 per cent said the biggest benefit of quitting cigarettes was feeling healthier. 24 per cent said that it was cheaper, 19 per cent said it’s safer, 8 per cent said there are more variety and 7 per cent said there are fewer after-effects.

While responding to the government’s support, 73 per cent do not believe health authorities have done enough to encourage smokers to quit by converting to vaping. 1 in 3 (34 per cent) think the government should make smoking illegal. While 2 in 5 believe anti-smoking laws are not tough enough.

56 per cent say people who smoke should pay more tax due to the increased burden smoking places on the NHS.

The survey also revealed that more than half (59 per cent) aren’t aware that the cost of smoking to the UK government is approximately Eur 12.5 billion per year.