Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin’ town will likely have resident vapers singing a different tune with a new and excessive e-liquid tax that is about to take effect. Effective May 1, 2016, vape shops will be forced to add another $6 in taxes to each bottle of e-juice. When added to the current taxes of $17.30 that resulted from legislation passed in December of last year, the grand total…so far… averages a whopping $23.30 e-liquid tax per bottle! And on top of that, the customer still has to pay the traditional sales tax!
Chicago Politics has always had a reputation of corruption.
Now, who in their right mind is going to pay $25-30 for a bottle of e-juice, which is essentially nothing more than water, flavoring, and a little Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycerine? It’s almost as if Chicago, hometown of President Barack Obama, secretly wants to push its citizens back into the throws of cigarette addiction. With the average cost of a pack of Marlboros at about $10-11 in Chicago, it’s now far cheaper to smoke than vape. And there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight for the new tax increases.
Different websites and publications for the vaping industry are quoting different numbers for the overall e-liquid tax, but this may not be intentional. The wording of the regulations is so difficult to understand that only a local vape shop owner is able to make the proper distinction. According to our sources, the $23.30 per bottle e-liquid tax is the result of several different tax increases occurring over the past 6-12 months. With so many changes in the Chicago tax code happening so rapidly, many in the vaping industry are asking the question, “When will it all end?”
Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel secretly in cahoots with Big Tobacco?
The Liquid Nicotine Product Tax of 2015 is where it all began. In this single piece of legislation, the Chicago administration of Mayor Rahm Emanual began including a 55-cent e-liquid tax per milliliter of e-juice in addition to an 80-cent per unit tax. The taxes took effect on Jan 1, 2016, and the Mayor and his cronies were very well aware that the new regulations would double the cost of vaping literally overnight (The bill was passed during the last hours of business just before the New Year’s Eve Holiday).
Mayor Rahm Emanual knew in advance that The Liquid Nicotine Product Tax would put the cost of vaping equal to smoking. And with this latest new tax surge of $6 per bottle or “unit,” the sum total of cumulative taxes now makes Chicago vaping more expensive than smoking, which the Mayor also knows. Is Mayor Emanual secretly in cahoots with Big Tobacco? Well, it may not be such a big secret anymore.
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