The latest revenue-generating scheme of the government is banning and taxing e-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes – for those not in the know – are substitutes for real cigarettes that are deemed to be safer for the smoker. These battery powered devices heat a flavored liquid creating steam which is then inhaled by the “vaper” (“vaping” is what the user does with an e-cigarette.) The amount of nicotine in the vapor can be adjust to allow the former smoker to ween him(her)self from cigarette smoking.
Most towns have a “Vape” shop of some kind. They are typically stores of the mom-and-pop variety, although e-cigarettes are also available at convenience stores as well.
So, with any activity or product that becomes a “thing”, the politicians want to try to get a “piece-of-the-action”.
Indiana just passed legislation banning the sale of e-liquids to minors and requiring manufacturers to get a permit from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission before bottling or selling. Businesses would pay $1,000 for the permit, which would be good for five years. Renewals would cost $500.
Minnesota decided to tax it so highly that it would either destroy the business or bring in a load of cashiola:
According to the sourcelink,
“Buried in the bill is a provision that would change the way e-cigarettes are taxed. Right now, disposable e-cigarettes or vapor used in reusable e-cigarettes is taxed at 95 percent of the wholesale price of tobacco products.
The tax bill would change the rules to impose a 30 cent tax on every milliliter of vaping solution. Vaping retailers and manufacturers say that amounts to an 800 percent tax increase.”
In addition, Minnesota, in a nod to the cigarette industry – who apparently STILL has a very strong lobby – they halted tobacco tax increases and descreased the cost of cigarette stamps needed in order to sell cigarettes.
A bill in Delaware just bans the use of e-cigarettes indoors completely – including inside vapor shops.
So, you think the government is actually worried about your health. That’s so cute.