Ruffy Biazon says no to dropping vape tax

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President Rodrigo Duterte has announced an outright ban on using e-cigarettes in public — something that lawmakers wanted to tax heavily.

Congress has been working on a bill that would slap taxes on vapes and e-cigarettes to make them at par with cigarettes, hoping to make more money while improving public health.

However, the lawmakers behind the proposal said the measure is effectively moot the moment Duterte’s order came out of his mouth. Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon doesn’t think so.

“Maybe it’s too early to decide to drop it. The bill is a priority bill w/c is likely to be fast tracked. It might pass before the ban’s implementation has legal clarity,” Biazon said. “So if suddenly the ban is determined to be unimplementable, Vapes would have escaped the tax net.”

Should they or should they not tax it anymore?