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By the numbers: Pennsylvania taxes vaping products at 40 percent of wholesale

 

HARRISBURG, PA-(GLOUCESTERCITYNEWS.NET)-Fifteen jurisdictions in the nation have some form of vapor product excise tax, according to a new Tax Foundation analysis.

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Pennsylvania, which taxes vapor products at 40 percent of wholesale, is currently among them.

Vapor products, such as electronic cigarettes and vaping pens, allow users to inhale nicotine, but not with the combustion and tar that come from smoking conventional cigarettes. Nine states, the District of Columbia and several local jurisdictions levy such vaping taxes.

The taxing method can come in different forms. Some jurisdictions levy a percentage of the wholesale value of the product, and others base their taxes on milliliters of e-liquid.

Seven states are in the process of enacting taxes on vaping – Connecticut, New Mexico, Washington, Illinois, Nevada, Vermont and New York.

Vaping supporters argue the products should be taxed at a low rate because they pose a much lower health risk than traditional tobacco products, according to the foundation. But those who favor a higher tax rate say the products appeal to young people, who may go on to smoke other tobacco products.

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Vaping Taxes in the U.S. as of Jan. 1, 2019

Jurisdiction Vaping Excise Taxes
California 62.78% of wholesale
Juneau, NW Arctic Borough and Petersburg, Alaska 45% of wholesale
Mat-su Valley, Alaska 55% of wholesale
Kansas 5 cents/ml of e-liquid
Minnesota 95% of wholesale
Louisiana 5 cents/ml of e-liquid
Chicago $1.50/unit plus $1.20/ml of e-liquid
Cook County, Il. $1.50/unit plus 20 cents/ml of e-liquid
Pennsylvania 40% of wholesale
West Virginia 7.5 cents/ml of e-liquid
North Carolina 5 cents/ml of e-liquid
New Jersey 10 cents/ml of e-liquid
Delaware 5 cents/ml of e-liquid
District of Columbia 96% of wholesale
Montgomery County, Md. 30% of wholesale

Source: Tax Foundation

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