State lawmakers pass nation’s toughest restrictions on sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products
The legislation — a forceful response to an epidemic in which one out of every five Massachusetts high-schoolers use e-cigarettes — was completed after midnight Thursday and just before lawmakers broke for a weekslong recess. It now awaits action by Governor Charlie Baker. The legislation, completed after midnight and just before lawmakers broke for a weekslong recess, now awaits action by Governor Charlie Baker, who in September declared a public health emergency and ordered a temporary ban on all vaping sales following an explosion of vaping-related illness.
Some areas tax only the nicotine, while others attempt to tax all e-liquids and devices. Pennsylvania revised its rules after a 2018 court decision that said A bare-bones list of taxable products could undermine state efforts to stop vaping , Chaloupka said. However, including too many devices and
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Kathleen Hambleton once used to spend $100 a week on Marlboro Reds.
The 43-year-old nurse from Saxtons River, Vt., paid a high price for her addiction to smoking, undergoing multiple throat surgeries. The financial hit was also a big burden.
After lozenges, patches and hypnosis failed to help Hambleton quit, she tried vaping. She is convinced she is healthier now and spends less than $40 per month on her.
But Vermont recently passed a 92 percent wholesale tax on vaping and e-cigarette products. Hambleton believes the sudden and sharp price hike is prohibitively expensive.
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The latest numbers have been revealed after another type of severe lung damage linked to vaping turned up in a young patient in CanadaHealth officials in the U.S. report a rise in lung illnesses and deaths linked to vaping. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that there are 47 deaths and 2,290 illnesses.
Taxes won’t stop teens from trying something new, said Adam Dewildt, who said he was barely 18 when he first started smoking. "Once you are going to try what you want to try anyway, ( teens ) are going to spend that money regardless," he said. There is a chance this proposal never makes it to
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"When they imposed the 92 percent tax, I can't affordably pay that," she said. "No one can."
Historically, taxation has been an effective tool in reducing the number of people who smoke.
Theestimates that a 10 percent rise in prices causes overall smoking rates to drop about 4 percent in high-income countries. Some states are relying on this strategy to work again ― this time to discourage consumers, especially teenagers and young adults, from using e-cigarettes and vaping products.
Twenty states and the District of Columbia have passed those taxes,, a nonprofit advocacy group. But whether taxes would be as effective in combating vaping as they have been with smoking is unknown, state officials and researchers say.
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Some tax a percentage of the wholesale value while others tax per unit or milliliter of e-liquid. One notable advantage to taxing the products based on volume (per milliliter) as Vaping Taxes Should Be Carefully Designed. Wisconsin Legislature Sends Budget, Marketplace Provider Bill to Governor.
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Early studies suggest that hiking prices on vapers would have the same effect as on smokers.
"There are so many parallels here, and that's why we're taxing them like cigarettes," said Richard Auxier, a researcher at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center who specializes in state and local tax policy. "But [vaping] is new, and we should all just take a minute to know that it all might play out a little differently."
The interest in taxes comes as states grapple with a marked increase in e-cigarette use among teens. Nearly 28 percent of high school students reported using e-cigarettes in 2019,National Youth Tobacco Survey reported. More than 5 million youth reported using e-cigarettes that year.
At the same time, public health officials are investigating an outbreak in serious lung injuries associated with some vaping products.
Molly Moilanen, vice president for communications of ClearWay Minnesota, a nonprofit advocacy and research organization, said increasing the cost of tobacco products adds muscle to reduction strategies.
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Vaping is 'exploding' among teens . Group wants an e-cig tax to stop it. A Kentucky e-cigarette tax disappeared from a smoking bill at the last minute in Teen vaping is reaching epidemic levels and FDA is considering regulation to curb it. One proposal would be banning flavoring of e-cigarette liquids.
Teen vaping was a 'predictable problem'. Experts say that one Juul pod -- a cartridge of nicotine-rich Levy said the impact of vapes on teens is changing the way people think about nicotine products. Some parents have pursued nicotine gum and other cessation tools off-label for their children under
"We know from tobacco prevention that price is king when it comes to inspiring people to quit, and when it comes to preventing youth from ever starting," said Moilanen.
At the federal level, Congress has introduced several bills that would establish a nationwide e-cigarette and vaping tax. None have become law.
One major vaping advocacy organization supports the fiscal move. Tony Abboud, executive director of the vaping lobbying group Vapor Technology Association, said that a federal tax could help deter young people from buying these products and give the Food and Drug Administration more resources "to better enforce the laws" that regulate them.
States impose the vaping product taxes in a variety of ways. Among the most common: Retailers pay the tax as a percentage of the product's wholesale price or a set price for each milliliter of nicotine in the vaping liquid.
The available data shows promise. Astudy tracked e-cigarette sales in 52 major U.S. markets using store scanner data and found that a 10 percent price increase reduced sales of disposable cigarettes by about 12 percent and about 19 percent for reusable ones. A separate estimated that higher prices were linked to a decline in how often middle and high school students vaped.
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Public health partnership to stop teen vaping . Bricker hopes that helping teens stop vaping will not only protect them from the lung illness that’s killed at least a dozen and sickened many more — many under the age of 21 — it will keep teens and young adults from later turning to tobacco, which kills
“We know that this tax is the solution, an 86 percent tax is the way to decrease youth usage of electronic cigarettes,” said Cade Hyde, president of Students Against Electronic Vaping .
However, Frank Chaloupka, an economist and research professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago who co-authored these studies, acknowledged the data does not reflect some important aspects of the e-cigarette market, such as sales from online vendors or local vape shops. Many vapers purchase their products from these retailers.
The studies also did not capture Juul's impact. The popular device hit the market in 2015, after the study concluded, and that brand of e-cigarette accounts forof the market share.
Implementing the taxes can also be complicated. Many e-cigarette products do not go through the usual distribution chain, so assessing wholesale taxes doesn't capture all product sales, Chaloupka said.
On the other hand, he added, a per-milliliter tax may create a market where products with little liquid but high levels of addictive nicotine may cost less than items with a greater volume but lower amounts of nicotine.
"In some ways, if you're trying to … reduce the use of products like Juul that are popular among kids," Chaloupka said, "that's not going to do that."
The products eligible for the charge also vary by state. Some areas tax only the nicotine, while others attempt to tax all e-liquids and devices. Pennsylvaniaafter a that said separately packaged components like heating coils and batteries could not be taxed under the state's tobacco law.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison Sues Juul For ‘Deception’ Over Vaping Products
Gov. Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison have announced a lawsuit against Juul for what they call deception over its vaping products.“We are suing JUUL because they have deceived and mislead Minnesota consumers of all ages, created a public nuisance, and especially harmed our young people,” said Attorney General Keith Ellison.
Teen vaping has hit “epidemic” levels, according to federal health officials, with rates up by 78 percent over the last year alone. But strict laws on selling vape products to underage kids can reduce the number of teens who try e-cigarettes, according to research published Monday.
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A bare-bones list of taxable products could undermine state efforts to stop vaping, Chaloupka said. However, including too many devices and e-liquids might make it difficult to enforce a tax, he suggested. And even if states do create a comprehensive list of products, devices on the market are constantly changing.
"It's just very, very hard to define the devices and components that make the taxes easy to implement," Chaloupka said.
Vermont'sis assessed on vaping devices, components specific to vaping and all e-liquids ― regardless of whether they contain nicotine. Although prices can vary by retail outlets and area, the tax elevates the suggested retail price of a Juul device from about $35 to a little more than $67 in southeastern Vermont, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. A pack of Juul menthol pods goes up from about $16 to $30.70, the group estimated.
The tax prompted Gaetano Putignano, owner of Hambleton's preferred vape store, to shutter two shops and open his business in New Hampshire, which in 2020 will begin levying anon e-liquids containing nicotine, and a 30-cent-per-milliliter tax on nicotine in closed vaping devices like Juul.
Putignano, 48, who is on the, said he supports age limits for vaping products and restricting the sales of vaping products to certain establishments. However, he added, Vermont's high tax ultimately drives local businesses away and won't reduce youth use.
"They say it was to protect the kids," Putignano said. "It's already illegal for kids."
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Collecting data on whether taxes reduce e-cigarette and vape use has not been easy since some states don't report those taxes separate from general tobacco revenue, said Laura Oliven, the tobacco control manager at the Minnesota Department of Health.
"The truth is we really don't know what the impact" is of the tax, Oliven said, since state officials have not yet evaluated its effect. However, absent the tax, she thinks youth e-cigarette use rates would have been much higher.
Even with the right information on taxes, Wendy Max, a professor of health economics at the University of California-San Francisco, said data often lags behind reality.
"For electronic cigarettes, it's only in the last couple of years that surveys have started to ask about them," Max said. "And if you ask a question, it may be two or three years before we have the data that allow us to address the question."
But time is of the essence. As of Nov. 20, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasnearly 2,300 cases of vaping-related illness. Forty-seven people have died, and underwent a double lung transplant.
The CDC has identified vitamin E acetate, a potentially dangerous additive to vaping products, in 29 patient fluid samples.
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Vaping-Related Lung Illnesses Appear to Have Peaked .
The rate of new hospital admissions for vaping-related illnesses has dropped in the past several weeks, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suggesting that the outbreak is on the decline. Doctors, cannabis-industry analysts and other experts say the trend is most likely explained by wider awareness, changing consumer habits and a potential shift in the illicit market.“The national picture seems to be trending in the right direction,” said Peter Briss, the medical director at the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, who is managing the outbreak investigation.