Lawmakers think about taxing vaping liquid like rolled cigarettes

Rep. Ann Meyer. (picture from IA Legislature)

A small group within the Iowa Home is engaged on a invoice that might tax the liquid utilized in digital cigarettes at or close to the identical fee as flamable cigarettes.

Consultant Ann Meyer of Fort Dodge mentioned she’s involved in regards to the children who’re utilizing E-cigarettes.

“I do know that these programs had been developed to give up smoking. I don’t assume the children in our excessive colleges and center colleges try to give up smoking. That is the product they begin with,” Meyer mentioned throughout a Home subcommittee listening to Thursday. “Nicotine does have dangerous results on the mind. We all know that.”

Individuals who purchase vaping merchandise in Iowa pay the state gross sales tax, however individuals who purchase a pack of rolled cigarettes pay a far larger tobacco tax. Opponents of a brand new tax on vaping liquid says it’s a more healthy various to flamable cigarettes and shouldn’t be taxed like tobacco as a result of there’s no tobacco in it.

Consultant Steven Holt of Denison launched the invoice to spark a dialog in regards to the merchandise. Holt mentioned his spouse, who’s a instructor, sees children at college vaping with issues that appear to be markers and different objects which are actually an E-cigarettes in disguise.

“I feel it’s very regarding that youngsters are vaping at younger ages and it might or might not be higher than tobacco in the long term,” Holt informed Radio Iowa. “I’m undecided we all know that.”

Holt mentioned he additionally understands some individuals use the product to give up smoking cigarettes and that’s one thing to be weighed as the talk continues. The invoice stalled within the legislature final yr, however has cleared a Home subcommittee this week.