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Proposal to Raise Vapor Taxes in Washington State Gets Base and Rate Wrong

Just like last year, Washington lawmakers will consider a bill (HB 1676) which would change the vapor tax base and increase the tax rate on vapor products. Both these changes would be steps in the wrong direction, as they would negatively impact smokers’ decision to switch from more harmful combustible products to harm-reducing vapor products. […]

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Poor Tax Design in Alaska Vapor Tax Proposal

A proposal to introduce a wholesale tax on vapor products in Alaska could make switching from combustible tobacco products very expensive for smokers. If enacted, HB 110 (SB 45) would, among other things, impose a 75 percent wholesale tax on nicotine vapor products (including components)—a rate comparable to the rate on other tobacco products and […]

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Cigarette Taxes and Cigarette Smuggling by State, 2019

Key Findings: Excessive tax rates on cigarettes in some states induce substantial black and gray market movement of tobacco products into high-tax states from low-tax states or foreign sources. New York has the highest inbound smuggling activity, with an estimated 52.2 percent of cigarettes consumed in the state deriving from smuggled sources in 2019. New […]

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Complexity Harms Tobacco Tax Design in Cigarette-Popular Indonesia

Indonesia, the world’s second-largest cigarette market, has a uniquely complex system when it comes to taxing its tobacco consumption, which is almost exclusively cigarettes (98 percent). The country’s cigarette taxes are divided into no less than 10 rate tiers based on product type, volume, and price. These tiers are meant to protect smaller manufacturers and […]

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Wrong Tax Base Leads to Multiple Issues for Federal Nicotine Tax Proposal

The latest version of the Build Back Better Act includes a tax on nicotine products, which would tax products by nicotine content at a rate of $50.33 per 1,810 milligrams of nicotine. This rate has been chosen to establish approximate parity between the tax rate on a pack of cigarettes and vapor products. Nicotine products […]

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Should Tax Policy Play a Role in Tobacco Harm Reduction?

Following the release of the House Democrats’ proposed Build Back Better Act, federal tobacco and nicotine taxation has been a hot topic in the United States. In an effort to raise roughly $100 billion, the House proposal would double cigarette taxes and increase all other tobacco and nicotine taxes to comparable rates—a strategy with severe […]

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Analysis of Federal Proposal to Increase Tobacco and Nicotine Products Taxes

Key Findings: The Tobacco Tax Equity Act would double taxes on cigarettes and equalize rates on all other tobacco and nicotine products to match the new higher cigarette rate. The increase would result in substantial increases on chewing tobacco (2,034 percent), pipe tobacco (1,651 percent), and snuff (over 1,677 percent). Vapor products, which are not […]

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Compare Tobacco Tax Data in Your State

In the United States, tobacco is taxed at both the federal and state and sometimes even local levels. These layers of taxes often result in very high levels of taxation—the highest of any consumer item. The retail price of cigarettes, for instance, is more than 40 percent taxes on average. In some states, like Minnesota […]

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Four Issues with Proposal to Increase Tobacco and Vapor Taxes in Maine

During the legislature’s special session in Maine, Rep. Joyce McCreight (D) has introduced a bill, H.P. 1039, which would double the excise tax on cigarettes to $4.00 a pack. By virtue of Maine law, all other tobacco products would also be subject to a 100 percent rate increase. This proposal has at least four major […]

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How High Are Vapor Taxes in Your State?

Several states are considering introducing or increasing taxes on vapor products to make up declining tax revenue from traditional tobacco products or to fill budget holes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, lawmakers should approach the issue carefully because flawed excise tax design on vapor products could drive consumers back to more harmful […]