Israel to tax IQOS cigarettes as regular cigarettes

From: Arutz Sheva

Finance Committee approves taxing IQOS electronic cigarette as regular cigarettes – after year-long battle.

Chana Roberts

The Knesset’s Finance Committee approved on Sunday a law applying Israel’s tax on cigarettes to Philip Morris’ IQOS electronic cigarettes.

The move comes after a year-long battle, fought by Israel’s Avir Naki (literally “clean air”) organization, “Smoke Free Israel,” the Organization for Progressive Democracy, and bipartisan MKs, against Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu), who categorically refuses to raise taxes or apply them to items not previously taxed, and Finance Committee Head Moshe Gafni (UTJ).

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