A Senate panel is grappling with how – and how much – to tax electronic cigarettes.
Health advocates say such a tax is important because of the growing use of e-cigarettes among young people – a 78 percent increase last year, says American Cancer Society’s Bryan Hannon.
“And I would say that this increase in youth use isn’t necessarily a glitch. I think this is really by design,” Hannon says. “These products – especially the bigger products on the market – are owned by tobacco companies and they’re using the same playbook that they used decades ago with cigarettes.”
Hannon wants e-cigarettes taxed based on the price of sale – not based on the e-liquid amount, as the bill currently does. And he says he’d like to see a rate similar to the tax on regular cigarettes.
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