New E-Liquid Tax Proposed By New York Governor

A tax on all vapor products in New York? If Governor Andrew Cuomo has his way, that’s exactly what New Yorkers will be faced with and according to some accounts, it could have a negative impact on some local businesses.

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The governor of New York has proposed a statewide tax on all vapor products.

Dewey Avenue Smoke Shop owner Leonard Stebbins was quoted by WHEC as having said in regards to Cuomo’s proposed e-liquid tax, “If the tax becomes very excessive we’re going to lose customers to the internet and to other states,” but still others see it as good news for the state’s human inhabitants. Take URMC Associate Professor in Public Health Science Scott McIntosh for example. According to McIntosh, what Cuomo has proposed “is good news for public health” as vaping is not without its health risks.

According to McIntosh, researchers have found vapor to contain “six times as much copper as traditional tobacco smoke,” which is just one of the reasons why Cuomo’s move is viewed by some as a move towards protecting the health of the public at large.

What do you think of the proposed vape tax in New York?

New York City Politician Takes Aim At Teen Vaping With New Bill To Ban Flavored E-Juice

Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat lawmaker in the New York State Assembly, has proposed a bill to ban the sale of flavored e-juices, the tasty liquid concoctions that find their use in electronic cigarettes and vape mods alike. Mind you, this is the same state lawmaker who introduced a bill back in September that sought to ban the sale and distribution of e-liquids in general in the state of New York. But now, with her new bill, she’s taken aim at the flavored e-juices, using teen vaping as her justification.

According to Rosenthal, flavored e-liquids are “meant to appeal to kids,” not adults. As she noted that she doesn’t “know many adults who would like to inhale bubble gum or strawberry vapor,” the NY Daily News reported.

“That kind of product [flavored e-liquid] is meant to appeal to kids (…) I don’t know many adults who would like to inhale bubble gum or strawberry vapor”

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Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) claims she doesn’t know many adults who would enjoy vaping strawberry flavored e-liquid, do you?

If the legislation makes its way into law, it wouldn’t be the first law enacted by the state of New York aimed at reducing e-cig use, particularly amongst the state’s minors. Back in July, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a piece of legislation banning the use of e-cigs in schools across the state, both public as well as private. They also banned the use of e-cigs in bars, restaurants, and places of work as they extended the provisions of the state’s “Clean Indoor Air Act” to include electronic cigarettes.

What do you think of Rosenthal’s latest attempt to further regulate the e-cig industry in New York?