(I'll try my own paraphrasing as Google translate comes out like something from the Swedish Chef)
Tax on E-Cigarettes looming
The Italian Treasury is now targeting electronic cigarettes
The Letta government wants to tax them in the economic measures decree that should be adopted by the end of this week, this is expected to raise 14 million euros for ailing state coffers in this year alone.
Next year it could be up to 50 million euros. The state wishes to make up for the losses in tobacco tax revenue.
The state complains that, due to the increasing success of electronic cigarettes ... tobacco sales are declining by 80 million euros with negative effects on treasury coffers.
The extension of tobacco tax to e-cigarettes would mean that they would equate with normal cigarettes.Idle rumour? Well, it's possible since this is a regional German operation reporting it, but there seems to be a fair amount of detail. It would be interesting if any Europeans have seen the report elsewhere.
But after reading of an MEP - out of 27 nations to choose from - from the very same country raising exactly the same proposals with the EU just a couple of weeks ago, it's one hell of a coincidence doncha think?
H/T Jens Mellin in yesterday's comments