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Pennsylvania passes 40% e-cig tax; 300 vape shops face imminent closure

Posted by Matt Rowland on

Pennsylvania legislators may have just placed the final nail in the coffin of the state’s vaping industry by passing a 40% e-cig tax that threatens over 300 vape shops and small businesses.  The tax was hidden inside a $1.3 billion bailout package earmarked to resolve the state’s massive budget deficit.  It is also the largest tax increase approved during a presidential election year in the recent history.

The date in which the new regulations will take effect is still unclear, but most political insiders expect the tax increase to officially take hold is less than 90-days.  Once implemented, all retailers of electronic cigarettes and vaping products will be required to pay an immediate “floor tax” at a rate of 40% of their current inventory.  With one fell swoop, the Pennsylvania vaping industry may have just been completely wiped out overnight.

(Related Article: RETAILERS FINED $28.5K FOR ILLEGAL ONLINE E-CIG SALES; UNSOLD INVENTORY SEIZED)

Pennsylvania 40% e-cig tax receives bi-partisan support.

The state’s budget deficit is so severe that Gov. Tom Wolf (D) had originally asked the Pennsylvania State Assembly for over double the received funds, or a whopping $2.7 billion.  Yesterday, the newly modified budget with the included 40% e-cig tax was approved by a margin of 116-75 in the House and 28-22 in the Senate.  A combination of both Democrats and moderate Republicans voted in favor.

Online retailers may face extinction, as well.

Even if vape shop owners in Pennsylvania can cough up the 40% floor tax, they will still have trouble competing with online retailers.  Why would a consumer want to pay $120 for a vape mod from a “brick and mortar” establishment when they can go online and get it for about $80 and with overnight delivery?

(Related Article: TWO NEW CONGRESSMEN ENDORSE COLE-BISHOP AMENDMENT TO FDA E-CIG REGULATIONS)

Meanwhile, even e-commerce sites based in Pennsylvania will be forced to pay the floor tax on all inventory.  As a result, online prices will see a significant increase, and customers will likely head to an out-of-state alternative as a resort.  Either way you look at it, vaping in Pennsylvania seems to be heading towards extermination.

Contacting Pennsylvania legislators is encouraged.

However, a last ditch effort to reach a new compromise is underway by many of the vaping advocacy groups, including SFATA and CASAA.  All members of the vaping community are encouraged to contact Pennsylvania officials to express their outrage.  If it can happen in Pennsylvania, it can happen anywhere.  Contact information can be found on the SFATA and CASAA websites.


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10 comments

  • GREEDY CORRUPT MONEY HUNGRY SCUMBAG DICKS!!!! THE WORLD IS GONNA END IN A FUCKING RIOT!!!! BEWARE????

    Chris Connelly on
  • Big Tobacco getting in the way again….VAPING is far less dangerous than cigarettes, but I guess the money offered was way too good to pass up. Nothing like political money-grubbing….

    Warren Rodibaugh on
  • Big Tobacco getting in the way again….VAPING is far less dangerous than cigarettes,

    Warren Rodibaugh on
  • I DID NOT NOR WOULD I EVER VOTE FOR THIS "tommy wolfe idiot " you little retards that voted for this IDIOT are getting what you deserve!! Meanwhile the rest of us will suffer too!!! THANKS

    Gary painter sr on
  • As we can see the corruption continues. There are two possibilities of why this tax passed. The most obvious one, these senators were bought off by tobacco companies, or they are really just that stupid. It’s obvious this will actually cause a loss of tax revenue for them. At the expense of the state they’ve made the decision to line their pockets rather than do their job.

    These corrupt bastards, we need to do something with our bastard of a government it’s now full blown out of control. They don’t even attempt to hide their intentions as they fear no repercussions. Feel free to visit this bastard > http://www.senatoralloway.com/contact-me/ — He voted for this tax. Tell him what a scumbag you think he is.

    View which senators voted for this here
    http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/RC/Public/rc_view_action2.cfm?sess_yr=2015&sess_ind=0&rc_body=S&rc_nbr=646

    CorruptionContinues on

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