Washington state vape businesses, customers fear 60% tax

Washington lawmakers introduced HB 1873. It would add a 60 percent tax to vapor products, which is similar to tobacco, KIRO-TV reported. Currently vape isn’t taxed.

Vapor store owner Joshua Baba said vape is different than tobacco and the price hike would force many shops to close their doors.

“Sixty percent, we owe that to the state just all of a sudden? That’s crazy. That does put me out of business,” he said.

Standing in the rain, Monday afternoon a small group held signs and gathered to protest.

“Those kind of numbers are scary to somebody. I go through a couple bottles of vapor juice a week and that’s going to double my cost,” said Music.

A new Washington State Health Youth survey shows e-cigarettes and vaping are on the rise. Thirty percent of high school seniors said they use vapor products, which is up from 20 percent in 2016.

State Rep. Gerry Pollet proposed the House bill. He wants to see the numbers drop and believes a tax is the ticket.

“E-cigarettes and vaping products are dirt cheap, you won’t believe how cheap they are,” he said. “A pack of cigarettes in the state of Washington, on average, costs about a little more than $8. Vaping the same amount of nicotine will cost you about $2.”

Read more at https://www.wsbtv.com

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