Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Measure on e-cigarette tax scrapped

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Rome, July 24 - The Italian Senate on Wednesday
scrapped a measure which prevented the layoff of prison guards
thanks to an estimated 35 million euros raised from a proposed
tax on electronic cigarettes.
The measure on prison layoffs was part of a bill aimed at
promoting alternative detention measures to cut down the number
of inmates in Italy's overcrowded prisons.
The proposed tax on e-cigarettes has led to a wave of
protests by producers and retailers.
Six people who produce or retail e-cigarettes continued a
hunger strike on Tuesday and staged a sit-in in front of the
Lower House against the controversial taxation on e-cigarettes.
The 58.5% tax is part of a law decree on work and value
added tax (VAT) reforms, a bill that has passed the cabinet and
is now going through parliament.
Earlier this month proponents of e-cigarettes rallied in
Rome saying as many as 5,000 people currently employed in the
industry risked losing their jobs if the proposed tax makes
business unprofitable.

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