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