A pinch to the pocketbook, that is.
Beginning Sunday, a 57 percent excise tax on all liquids for e-cigarettes will be introduced throughout the Republic of Indonesia, home to more than 217 million residents. It is one of the major economies in Southeast Asia, according to Reuters.
The motive behind the Indonesian vaping tax, government officials said, is to dissuade the nearly 900,000 smokers from indulging with nicotine or e-cigarettes.
Indonesia has one of the world’s highest smoking rates. A customs and Excise Office representative indicated the liquids tax is an extension of the tobacco tax standard, which remains one of the republic’s biggest sources of revenue, Reuters reported.