Hello world, welcome to another week. Here are the updates from the vaping world.
Cigarette tax hike would hurt poor Ohioans, study says
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has proposed to increase cigarette taxes from $1.25 to $2.25 per pack and increase taxes on cigars and other tobacco processes from 17 percent of wholesale cost to 60 percent. The plan would also introduce an ecigarette tax for the first time. If this proposal is approved this cigarette tax would become the highest in the region. This proposal has been critised with critics saying it would increase smuggling across state lines instead of encouraging smokers to quit.
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Anti-Smoking Group Fuming Over Proposed Tax On E-Cigs
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has proposed a 40 percent ecigarette tax on the wholesale price of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes as well as on cigars and smokeless tobacco. However, people are not happy with this bill and have termed the proposal as useless. Bill Godshall, founder and executive director of Smokefree Pennsylvania said the move was wrong and uncalled for.
I think we need to look beyond that and say ‘hey, if something ‘s that much less hazardous than cigarettes, we should support it’ instead of saying ‘unless we know it’s 100 percent we can’t allow people to use it;’ or we should tax the hell out of it and demonize it.
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