CSU wants to tax hookah bars more heavily

The CSU calls for higher taxes to be imposed on hookah bars in the future. The reason: “This is where young people get started with smoking”.

Glowing coal lies on a metal sieve over the tobacco in the head of a hookah in a shisha bar.

Dhe CSU calls for shisha bars to be taxed more heavily. This is what the CSU member of the Bundestag Sebastian Brehm told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. In the dispute over the reform of the tobacco tax, the Union is bothered by the fact that shisha bars, which are mostly frequented by young people, are not subject to tobacco tax at all at the moment and are spared the reform plans of Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD). This is a gross mistake, criticizes CSU man Brehm: “We have to tackle the shisha bars, we will fight for that, because it is precisely there that young people find their way into smoking.”

The CSU politician announces the union’s unanimous opposition to the finance minister’s bill. “The Union is unanimous in rejecting Olaf Scholz’s plans,” says Brehm. The conflict within the grand coalition revolves around which tobacco products will be how much more expensive in the future. For example, the Union advocates making classic cigarettes even more expensive, while e-cigarettes and tobacco heaters should be hit less strongly, as this creates false incentives: If these new, less harmful products become many times more expensive, it will make it more difficult to say goodbye to the classic cigarette.

In the case of classic cigarette packs, the state can easily buy even more, says CSU MP Brehm: “I could well imagine an increase of 70 cents per box over five years instead of just 50 cents.” The limit for higher taxation is here for him only where consumers would switch to smuggling and the black market.