华盛顿开征电子烟税,一百毫升征税9美金

据报道,当地时间本周二,美国华盛顿州州长杰伊·英斯利(Jay Inslee)将签署一项针对电子烟产品的新税收措施,以用于资助癌症研究、戒烟和预防工作。但批评人士表示,这项税收措施可能会让vape的个体商店停业,相当于给大型烟草公司提供了优惠。

在华盛顿105天立法会议的最后时刻,就在午夜截止日期之前,vape税是通过立法机构的最后一项法案。根据民主党国家众议员格里·波列(Gerry Pollet)的说法,众议院和参议院,州长办公室和行业代表(包括烟草业的游说者)之间进行了激烈的幕后谈判,这是vape税法案的主要赞助商。

根据该法案,对所谓的“封闭式”蒸汽产品征收新的27美分/毫升税,例如电子香烟JUUL豆荚。所谓的“开放式”蒸汽产品,可再装,通常在vape商店出售,将按每分钟9美分的折扣税率征收 – 或每100毫升售出的vape液体9美元。

税收收入的一半将用于安迪希尔癌症研究基金,该基金以已故的州参议员,一名于2007年死于肺癌的非吸烟者的名字命名。另外一半的收益将用于资助公共卫生服务包括烟草和雾化使用预防和教育工作。由于最终法案的最后一刻性质,目前尚不清楚新税每年将筹集多少资金。

美国癌症协会的癌症行动网络在赞扬癌症研究和吸烟预防的新资金的同时,预测收入将达不到疾病控制和预防中心建议的“华盛顿州有效预防计划”的水平。

“此外,我们感到遗憾的是,税收水平低于我们认为我们需要有效阻止青少年终身吸烟成瘾,”癌症行动网络的斯蒂芬妮·温恩在一份声明中表示。

除了新的vape税之外,税法还将使国家现有的95%烟草税减少50%,用于食品和药品管理局(FDA)授权将其作为更安全的替代品销售的任何新的“改良风险烟草”产品。香烟。

到目前为止,还没有任何产品获得批准以这种方式进行营销。但在华盛顿法案通过两天后,美国食品和药物管理局 批准 在美国销售万宝路保温瓶和菲利普莫里斯国际公司生产的其他新型非热燃产品。

该公司向FDA申请推销“减少暴露或降低风险的产品”的产品仍在等待中。除非发生这种情况,否则他们将无法享受降低的税率。菲利普莫里斯美国公司的母公司奥驰亚拥有在美国销售Heatsticks产品的独家权利

根据Pollet的说法,减少烟草税是为了让华盛顿参议院的投票通过vape税,这是他至少已经工作了七年的问题。

“在我看来,我们被告知要与癌症的传播者进行谈判,”Pollet说。

波莱说,共和党参议员约翰·布劳恩(John Braun)在参议院赞助了一项vape税法案,他告诉他要直接与奥驰亚奥林匹亚的游说者合作。布朗在星期一的电话采访中对这种描述提出质疑。

“让他们变成魔鬼并不能解决我们的问题,”布劳恩说,他根据所征税产品的潜在危害支持分层烟草税。

虽然布劳恩承认奥驰亚参与了谈判,但他表示,最终的法案远不是该行业最初寻求的。

“在我看来,这至少不是烟草法案,”布劳恩说。

奥驰亚也是 JUUL pods制造商Juul Labs 的 主要股东。在vape税法案通过之前的星期天早上,“纽约时报” 发表了一篇 关于朱尔在全国各州举行游说活动的报道。

华盛顿公开披露委员会的记录显示,自2007年以来,奥驰亚已向华盛顿候选人和竞选委员会捐款至少455,354美元。

奥驰亚的发言人没有立即就这个故事发表评论。

即使对vape税法如何谈判的继续相互指责,一些独立的vape店主也警告新税将使他们破产。

“这是向后的立法,”皮尔斯县The Vaporium的老板金汤普森说。汤普森还领导了一群自称为粉红龙队的vape店主。“我帮助了无数人戒烟,我不会来这里做。”

最近几天,汤普森一直在向Inslee和州立法者发送电子邮件,警告他们该法案的潜在后果。然而,她没有要求Inslee获得彻底的否决权。

对于他而言,Pollet拒绝接受新税收将损害独立vape商店的想法。

“今天他们的产品相当于一包香烟中的尼古丁价格便宜,”Pollet说。“明年它会便宜一点,但它仍然比卷烟税便宜得多。”

同样在今年,华盛顿立法者将购买烟草和vaping产品的法定年龄从18岁提高到21岁。

After years of debate, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to sign into law on Tuesday a new tax on vaping products to fund cancer research and tobacco cessation and prevention efforts. But critics say the tax measure could put individual vape shops out of business and amounts to a giveaway to big tobacco companies.

The vape tax was the last bill to pass the Legislature in the final moments of Washington’s 105-day legislative session, just before a midnight deadline. The vote followed frenetic behind-the-scenes negotiations between the House and Senate, the governor’s office and industry representatives, including lobbyists for the tobacco industry, according to Democratic state Rep. Gerry Pollet, the prime sponsor of the vape tax bill.

Under the bill, a new 27-cents-per-milliliter tax will be imposed on what are known as “closed” vapor products such as JUUL pods, a form of e-cigarettes. So-called “open” vapor products, which are refillable and often sold in vape shops, will be taxed at a discounted 9-cents-per-milliliter rate — or $9 per 100ml bottle of vape liquid sold.

Half the proceeds from the tax will be dedicated to the Andy Hill Cancer Research Fund, named after the late state senator, a non-smoker, who died of lung cancer in 2016. The other half of the proceeds will go to fund public health services, including tobacco and vaping use prevention and education efforts. Because of the last-minute nature of the final bill, it’s not clear yet how much money the new tax will raise per year.

While praising the new funding for cancer research and smoking prevention, the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network predicted the revenues will fall short of the levels recommended by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention “for an effective prevention program in Washington State.”

“Furthermore, we regret that the level of the tax is lower than we believe we need to effectively deter youth from a lifelong addiction to tobacco,” said Stephanie Winn, with the Cancer Action Network, in a statement.

In addition to the new vape tax, the tax bill will grant a 50% reduction in the state’s existing 95% tobacco tax for any new “modified risk tobacco” products the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes to be marketed as a safer alternative to cigarettes.

So far no products have received approval to be marketed in this fashion. But two days after the Washington bill passed, the FDA authorized the sale in the United States of Marlboro Heatsticks and other new heat-not-burn products manufactured by Philip Morris International.

The company’s application to the FDA to market the products “with claims of reduced exposure or reduced risk” is still pending. Until and unless that happens, they wouldn’t qualify for the reduced tax rate. Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris USA, has the exclusive rights to distribute the Heatsticks product in the U.S.

According to Pollet, the reduced tobacco tax provision was necessary to get the votes in the Washington Senate to pass the vape tax, an issue he’s been working on for at least seven years.

“We were told to negotiate with, in my terms, the purveyors of cancer,” said Pollet.

Pollet said Republican state Sen. John Braun, who sponsored a version of the vape tax bill in the Senate, told him to work directly with Altria’s lobbyists in Olympia. Braun disputed that characterization in a phone interview on Monday.

“Making them the devil isn’t going to solve our problem,” said Braun, who supports a tiered tobacco tax based on the potential harm of the product being taxed.

While Braun acknowledged Altria was involved in the negotiations, he said the final bill was far from what the industry had originally sought.

“This was not in the least a tobacco bill in my opinion,” said Braun.

Altria is also a major stakeholder in Juul Labs, maker of JUUL pods. On the Sunday morning before the vape tax bill passed, The New York Times published a story on Juul’s lobbying efforts in state capitols across the nation.

Records from Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission show that Altria has contributed at least $455,354 to Washington candidates and campaign committees since 2007.

A spokesman for Altria did not immediately have a comment for this story.

Even as recriminations continue over how the vape tax bill was negotiated, some independent vape shop owners are warning the new tax will put them out of business.

“This is backwards legislation,” said Kim Thompson, owner of The Vaporium in Pierce County. Thompson also heads a group of vape shop owners that calls itself the Pink Lung Brigade. “I have helped countless people quit smoking and I won’t be here to do it.”

In recent days, Thompson has been emailing Inslee and state lawmakers warning them of the potential consequences of the bill. However, she’s stopped short of asking Inslee for an outright veto.

For his part, Pollet rejects the idea that the new tax will harm independent vape shops.

“Their product today is dirt cheap for the equivalent of nicotine from a pack of cigarettes,” Pollet said. “Next year it will be a little less cheap, but it will still be much cheaper than the tax on cigarettes.”

Also this year, Washington lawmakers raised the legal age to buy tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21.

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