State lawmakers consider tax increase on e-cigarettes

State lawmakers are considering raising the taxes on e-cigarettes to make them equal with regular tobacco products. (5/19/14)

TRENTON - State lawmakers are considering raising the taxes on e-cigarettes to make them equal with regular tobacco products.

Advocates for e-cigarettes say keeping vapor products cheaper than regular cigarettes will give people an incentive to quit smoking. They fear raising the taxes will take that incentive away.

"While there is a difficult small business climate in New Jersey, our retailers are looking to expand our operations," says Ryan Bunting, of the New Jersey Vapor Retailers Coalition. "We're one of the few small businesses in the state that are actually growing."

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A percentage of the taxes on e-cigarette sales would go toward anti-smoking programs.

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