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Imperial Tobacco, BAT: American banks sees Vape tax as potentially positive for tobacco giants

Published 07/03/2024, 13:39
Updated 07/03/2024, 14:12
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Proactive Investors - Citi analysts have identified the UK government's recent budget announcement of a new excise tax on vaping products as an encouraging development for British American Tobacco PLC (LON:BATS) and Imperial Brands PLC (LON:IMB).

The Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, confirmed in his Spring Budget speech that from October 2026, vaping products would be subject to a new tax. This move is designed to maintain a financial incentive for choosing vaping over smoking, complemented by a concurrent increase in tobacco duty.

The taxation framework will be based on nicotine content, with a three-tiered system imposing charges ranging from £1-3 per 10ml, in addition to the current 20% VAT.

This structured approach aims to regulate the vaping market further and aligns with the government's health strategy by providing a less harmful alternative to traditional smoking.

Citi's short research note said: "Although [Wednesday's] confirmation of the planned levy on vaping comes as little surprise, we believe that alongside the proposed ban on disposable vapes from April 25, the regulatory risk/reward is skewing to the upside for both BATS and Imperial."

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