Oregon Looks At E-cig Tax

Oregon House Bill 4062 sets a retail tax of 50 percent on e-cigarettes and the liquid used in these devices. The bill appeared to be a starting point in the tax discussion, which will have to be debated in the House Revenue Committee if House Health passes the bill. Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, delayed the vote until Monday.  Anti-tobacco advocates say the exponential increase in recent years of the use of e-cigarettes by adolescents, driven in part by their low price compared to heavily taxed regular cigarettes.  Vaping advocates say the increase will deter smokers looking to quit.

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