Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Ohio Call to Action: Gov. Kasich’s Proposed Budget will impose a massive tax on vapor products

(Update - 06.03.15)

Ohio vapers, your voices are needed once again! The Ohio Senate is now completing its work on the state’s budget and some members are pushing for taxes on vapor products to be included in the final bill. As you may know, Gov. John Kasich has previously proposed a massive tax on vapor products that would equate to nearly $34 on a 30ml bottle.

Your lawmakers in the Ohio House and Senate need to understand that citizens in their district are opposed to taxing adults who are trying to quit or greatly reduce their cigarette smoking by using low-risk, smoke-free products like e-cigarettes.

Please take action NOW to oppose any harmful tax proposals

(Update - 04.09.15)

Governor Kasich’s budget is making its way through the Ohio budget process.  Your lawmakers need to keep hearing from passionate Ohio vapers and your friends and family.

Even if you participated in our email campaign back in February, please take this opportunity to send a new message to your lawmakers.  It is vitally important that your Senators and Representatives keep your thoughts on their radar.

Please take action NOW to oppose these harmful tax proposals

(Original Post - 02.25.15)

Ohio Governor John Kasich has proposed a massive tax on vapor products and a hike in the tax on smokeless tobacco products to 60% of wholesale. If the Governor’s budget bill -- HB 64 (read the vapor tax portions here) -- becomes law, each 0.1 ml of nicotine-containing e-liquid would be taxed at the same rate as a cigarette.  This means that 2 ml of e-liquid would be subject to the same tax as a pack of cigarettes, and a 30ml bottle would be subject to the same tax as 15 packs of cigarettes.

Governor Kasich has also proposed increasing Ohio’s cigarette tax to $2.25 per pack (from $1.25 per pack).  If that tax also passes, nicotine-containing vapor products would be taxed at:

  • 10 ml bottle -- $11.25 (tax equivalent of 5 packs of cigarettes)
  • 15 ml bottle -- $16.87 (tax equivalent of 7 ½ packs of cigarettes)
  • 30 ml bottle -- $33.75 (tax equivalent of 15 packs of cigarettes)

Please take action now to oppose this attack on vapor products and other low-risk substitutes for smoking!

HB 64 is currently before the House Ways & Means Committee, which will likely hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 4th.  We urge all our members to make plans to get to Columbus on March 4th.  An exceptionally strong presence from individuals who have had their lives changed by vaping could really make a difference.  CASAA will update its membership when we have the full details, including time and location.

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