It isn’t the case in the United States yet, but Zirel, an electric cigarette distributor in Switzerland, has learned the Swiss government will be tagging a tobacco tax on their products.
E-cigarettes allow a person to puff tobacco and nicotine-free water vapor and are sold in kiosks and gas stations around Switzerland.
The federal government has levied a tax on these items—importers pay 25 percent of the sales price in taxes on the cigarettes and 10 cents per refill capsule.
Zirel is the company distributing E-cigarettes in Switzerland, and its chief, Barbara Schnackig, says the firm is against the tobacco taxes and has appealed the decision.
A decision on that appeal is pending.