Clause 319 - Rates of tobacco products duty

Part of Finance (No. 2) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:30 pm on 18 May 2023.

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Photo of Craig Whittaker Craig Whittaker Assistant Whip 12:30, 18 May 2023

On the Government’s ambition to reduce smoking, I briefly want to mention heating tobacco, in preference, I might say, to vaping.

The only problem with vaping, of course, is that there is absolutely no evidence of any health benefits or health risks. However, with heating tobacco, there is a huge amount of evidence, particularly from Japan, about its health benefits, in helping people to reduce and stop smoking. I just wondered whether the Minister has had any indication that heating tobacco has been looked at as an alternative to vaping. Of course, adding extra duties to it is an inhibitor to people reducing or stopping smoking.