France intends to hit 'unhealthy' products like e-cigarettes, flavoured wines, energy drinks, and artificial sweeteners, with new taxes according to a leaked report on Thursday. It's part of an effort to raise €6 billion for the state's indebted social security system.


‘Vaping’ has enjoyed a massive boost in popularity in France since the arrival of the e-cig from China a few years back, and there are an estimated half a million users in France.

After announcing a proposed ban on using them in enclosed public spaces in May, and a French study which last month found they were “potentially carcinogenic,” the government is reportedly now planning to tax them beyond the standard VAT rate of 19.6 percent.

French taxman 'to target e-cigs and energy drinks' - The Local