Wednesday, March 9, 2016

RI - Take action to oppose vapor taxes

SB 2284, which would subject e-cigarettes to the state’s 80% tax on other tobacco products, has been scheduled for a hearing:

2:00 PM
Senate Committee on Finance
Room 211 - State House

Please make plans to attend this hearing. Even if you do not plan to speak, your presence is important as it demonstrates the large numbers of people engaged in this issue. Please respect the decorum of the committee room by dressing appropriately. Please refrain from vaping inside the state house.

Take a moment now to send a message to the committee urging them to oppose this bill and any other efforts to tax vapor products.

Take Action - Send a Message

SB 2284 seeks to redefine the term “tobacco products” under Rhode Island taxation law to include vapor products. Such a move would falsely equate vapor products with the risks of smoking and discourage adults smokers from switching. This bill also fails to amend § 44-20-13.2, which is the section of Rhode Island’s code that specifically states which products the OTP (other tobacco products) tax is applied to. This is likely an issue to be addressed in committee if the bill moves forward. However, immediately, it demonstrates a clear misunderstanding of vapor products and underscores the need for lawmakers to better understand this issue before attempting to enact regulations.

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