D.C. Budget Would Hike Taxes on E-Cigarettes to 70 Percent

E-cigarettes aren’t “tobacco products,” but to the Washington, D.C., city council, that’s just semantics. The proposed 2016 budget includes an amendment to “include ‘vapor products’ in the term ‘other tobacco product,'” a change that, if passed, will allow the city to tax e-cigarettes at the same rate as their combustable forebears. According to an August 2014 memo from the Office of Tax and Revenue, “the rate of tax applicable to wholesale sales of other tobacco products is 70%.”

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