New Bill in Utah Proposes 86.5 Percent E-Cig Tax
New Bill in Utah Proposes 86.5 Percent E-Cig Tax
The Utah Legislature has introduced a bill (HB333) last month that would see a 86.5 percent tax on e-cigarettes in the state. This would be the same taxation that is placed on “other non-cigarette tobacco products,” according to a story in The Salt Lake Tribune.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Paul Ray (R-Clinton) told the Tribune that e-cigarettes aren’t taxed now because they are relatively new and have never been put into the tax code as a tobacco product.
“It has nicotine in it, so it is a tobacco product,” Ray said. He cited trying to cut down e-cigarette use in teens as a reason for the proposed tax, saying that e-cigarettes are targeting youth with various marketing campaigns. He said that he would use the revenue to “improve health care in rural areas.” Other lawmakers would like to see the revenue help expand Medicaid benefits.
Various lawmakers and e-cigarette supporters, such as SFATA, have spoken out against the tax.
For the full story, visit http://www.sltrib.com/news/3532259-155/e-cigarettes-may-face-an-865-tax.
SFATA’s podcast is Clearing the Haze on the vapor industry and highlighting the networks we have made to better serve our members.
This week, we speak with the nation’s most recognized leader on taxes; Grover Norquist. For more than 30 years, Norquist has been at the front of the movement against excessive taxes. As the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, Norquist has taken a keen interest in legislation around the country that threatens to squash the vapor industry with sin-taxes that treat these products the same as combusted tobacco.
Norquist made news last year when he said that the 2016 presidential election could be decided by the millions of vapers. SFATA President Cynthia Cabrera and Norquist talk about the election, taxes and much more in the most recent episode of Clearing the Haze.
The use of e-cigarettes led smokers away from analogs before and after surgery, says a new study from the Mayo Clinic. Researchers studied adult smokers between December 2014 and June 2015 who were scheduled for surgery. According to DailyCaller.com, 75 people in the study were asked to vape instead of smoke. The patients recorded their daily usage and were debriefed at both the 14- and 30-day marks.
Study results included:
- 87 percent tried an e-cigarette
- after 30 days, that percentage fell to 51 percent, but those who stuck with it said they’d continue to vape
- average number of cigarettes consumed fell from 15.6 per person to 7.6, amounting to a 51.3 percent decrease
DailyCaller.com said that the study “will add weight to the arguments made by some public health professionals that e-cigarettes, while not 100 percent safe, can serve as a critical tool to reduce the harms and hazards associated with regular smoking.” However, the researchers say that more work and research needs to be done.
Sweden’s Supreme Administrative Court has decided that e-cigarettes are not medical products, overturning a previous decision from judicial decision allowing the country’s Medical Products Agency to ban e-cigarette sales, according to TheLocal.SE.com. Previously the drug agency had been able to ban sales, but the court’s ruling said, “To be a medical product, it must have the ability to prevent or treat a disease and, therefore, provide a beneficial effect on human health.”
Since e-cigarettes “do not contain instructions on how they could be used to reduce the consumption of cigarettes or nicotine addiction,” the court decided that it would lift the restriction.
For the full story, visit http://www.thelocal.se/20160217/swedish-court-stubs-out-right-to-ban-e-cigs-smoking.
The e-liquid line Vape Style recently launched with its inaugural flavor, Famous. In just over two weeks at The Vapour Lounge retail store in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., more than 1,000 bottles of Vape Style were sold. This broke all records for number of bottles sold in a one month period, according to an email sent to Agent VAPE.
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The U.S. Census Bureau doesn’t yet recognize vape shops as a category in its business classification code. So, how do we get proper data on them? Quartz turned to Yelp for a recent story, which shows that “tobacco shops” as a category have doubled over the past 15 years. Quartz reports that the data shows that the percentage of Americans who smoke has declined by a fifth.
Yelp has 10,591 stores identified as “vape shops” in its database. Not surprisingly, states in the western part of the United States have the most stores per capita. Nevada, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Florida and California are top states in the Yelp data. California also has one of the lowest smoking rates in the country.
Quarts reports that The Federal Trade Commission is going to start studying how e-cigarettes are marketed and sold, which hopefully will lead to better data regarding shops in our nation.
For the full story, visit http://qz.com/608469/what-yelp-data-tells-us-about-vaping/.