Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Alabama Call to Action! Oppose new taxes on e-cigarettes and vapor products!

Update 09.30.15 - Call to Action successfully concluded.

On Monday, July 13th, 2015, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced that the state legislature would be heading back into special session to hash out the details of the state’s budget. One of the proposals to be discussed will be a revived version of an earlier e-cigarette tax bill.

The special session will reconvene on Monday, August 3rd, 2015. It is vital that Alabama vapers and harm reduction advocates take this opportunity NOW to reach out to lawmakers urging them to oppose ANY new tax on vapor products.

Although this new tax bill has not been published and is still under review by the Legislative Fiscal Office, the Breathe Easier Alliance of Alabama has stated* that this bill is likely to impose a $0.25/milliliter tax on e-cigarettes and e-liquid containing nicotine. For a breakdown of what the added expense to consumers will be, please see the chart below.

Proposed tax per ML

In addition to hiking the cost of vapor products for consumers -- and discouraging adult smokers from switching -- such an enormous tax would threaten to close many of Alabama’s independent vapor retailers. It is estimated that 2000 people might lose their jobs and, of course, hundreds of thousands more would see their access to vapor products dramatically reduced.  

“Here’s the text of Governor Bentley’s Special Session proclamation” http://yellowhammernews.com/politics-2/heres-the-text-of-governor-bentleys-special-session-proclamation/

*“Critics warn Bentley’s proposed tobacco and e-cig tax hike could cost 2,000 jobs” http://yellowhammernews.com/politics-2/critics-warn-bentleys-proposed-tobacco-and-e-cig-tax-hike-could-cost-2000-jobs/

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