Then we remembered that it was a story in the Daily Mail, and safely ignored it. And we were correct to do so.
Actually the story started in The Times. Phone Hacker Murdoch has clearly planted his flag in the Brexit Camp.
But now, thanks to digging by InFacts.org we now know the background behind the lie. Their research is here.
The mythbusting is summarised in this quotation:
"InFacts contacted the European Commission, which said the Times article was “incorrect” and there were “absolutely no plans at this stage to introduce excise duty for e-cigarettes. Nor has there been any suggestion that e-cigarettes would be taxed at the same level as cigarettes.”Of course, with the story proven as false (and The Daily Mail quickly changing the wording of their original story, as if people wouldn't notice) one would think that Ukip and Nigel Farage would know this.
"Neither is the Commission the driving force behind this review. As the Times pointed out, it was initiated by members of Coreper – ambassadors from each of the 28 member states. And should a change in tax be proposed, it would require the unanimous support of all EU governments."
No. Instead, they choose to promote yet another EU Myth.
Appalled that EU set to tax e-cigarettes at same levels as tobacco. All vapers must vote to Leave EU!
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) March 2, 2016
|Farage is fuming !!|
(Image from InFacts.org)
One wonders whether Farage's outrage is connected at all to Ukip receiving a sizeable donation from UK's largest Vape manufacturer (A donation the company later said they 'regretted')
Or is it connected to his lobbying for the Vaping Industry?
We couldn't possibly comment.
|If it's good enough for Leonardo, it's good enough for us.|