Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
ROME

Electronic cigarette makers and sellers on hunger strike

English
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Rome, July 23 - Six people who produce or retail
electronic cigarettes continued a hunger strike on Tuesday in
front of the Italian parliament building.
The demonstrators are protesting a 58.5% tax that is part
of a law decree on work and value added tax (VAT) reforms, a
bill that has passed the cabinet and is now sitting in
parliament.
''We are asking for a meeting with government institutions
to save our right to work,'' explained one of the demonstrators,
Massimiliano Federici.
''There are 5,000 stores that have opened at the cost of
great sacrifice and it is absurd that now they ask us to turn
back,'' Federici lamented.
''The protest will continue until we hear from (government
institutions),'' Federici said, who added that the tax measure
would be self-defeating.
''The decree will not bring in the revenue expected for the
state, because many companies will move abroad and consumers
will begin to buy products online at a lower cost,'' he
explained.
The National Association of Electronic Smoking (Anafe) said
the hunger strike was adopted by members on the basis of
personal decision as efforts to make institutional negotiations
continue.

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