As of March 9th, Senator Bartolotta's bill, SB 508, which would change the tax on vapor to 5c/mL, has been officially introduced. Representative Wheeland's co-sponsor support memo is still in circulation and continues to gather signatures.
- The current tax on all vapor products is 40% of wholesale.
- This tax has resulted in more than 100 vapor businesses closing and likely thousands of consumers losing access to local brick and mortar vapor shops.
- The current excessive tax reinforces the false narrative that vapor products are just as hazardous as cigarettes.
Please take action NOW by sending a message to your lawmakers urging them to support changing the tax.
CASAA is opposed to any extra taxes on vapor products. We believe it is inappropriate to punish former smokers and would-be switchers for making healthier choices. Extra taxes also send the confusing and inaccurate message to consumers that vapor products carry risks similar to smoking. There is no credible science to support this notion.
However, CASAA is supportive of efforts that reduce taxes imposed on vapor products, like this effort in Pennsylvania. Please take action now and help Pennsylvania set an example for the rest of the country by reducing the extra tax on vapor products.