British Columbia will significantly hike the provincial sales tax on vaping products and strictly limit their nicotine content in an effort to crack down on youth vaping.
Health Minister Adrian Dix, Finance Minister Carole James and Education Minister Rob Fleming announced the province’s 10-point plan on Thursday.
“We’re taking specific actions in I think what is the most significant program in any jurisdiction in Canada with respect to this question,” said Dix.
James said the new tax rate would hike the PST on vape products from seven per cent to 20 per cent.
“Yes it is a big tax jump, and one that really signifies the urgency of this problem. We all know that youth are particularly price sensitive,” said James.
“And so when you make a product more expensive and harder to access, use will decline.”
The tax hike, which will also include a two-cent hike on tobacco, will require legislation to enact, and would be the first tax of its kind in Canada.
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