It’s another week in our growing vaping world and a lot has taken place this past week. Of most interest is the increasing proposals for e-cig taxation as a way for states to increase their revenues.  So let’s see what that’s all about.

Arizona Weighs Controversial Debate On E-Cigarette Taxation

Arizona will next year be 1 billion short in it’s annual budget. Now that’s a lot of money not to have! The state’s legislators are now considering taxing e-cigarettes in a crazy effort to see if they can raise as much as they possibly can to reach the 1 billion shortfall. Analysts say that e-cig taxation could bring in $6 million a year in new revenue for the state. Arizona is not the only place considering e-cig taxation. Lawmakers in Santa Fe recently considered a proposal to institute a tax on e-cigarettes at the rate of 4 cents per milligram nicotine. This rate would make e-cigs more expensive than the deadly traditional cigarettes. How absurd is that?

Read more on the Arizona proposal on KJZZ 91.5. Here are also some views from vapers on the Santa Fe proposal on Santafe New Mexican.

 

House Leaders Rush to Defend E-Cigarettes From Possible FDA Bans

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After months of legislators in majority of states pushing for e-cig bans, congressional Republicans now want the FDA to change one of it’s proposed regulations that may soon see e-cigarettes banned. The proposal that may soon be made law will require e-cigarette manufacturers to win “premarket” approval for their products within two years or pull the items from the market.

Most e-vapor products did not exist at that time. FDA did not even consider e-vapor products to be tobacco products until 2011. As a practical matter, many newly deemed products could be removed from the market” if the 2007 date is not changed.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell last week.

At least someone in power has started seeing how insane some of these e-cig are! Read the rest of the story on US News.