The State of Vermont has imposed a 92% tax on e-cigarettes, which lawmakers say will curb youth consumption of vaping products.
The new tax, which passed in February, will not effect packs of cigarettes, which will still be subject to a $3.08 tax. E-cigarettes and other tobacco-substitute products, including those “intended for human consumption by smoking, chewing, or in any other manner,” were previously subject to the state’s standard 6% sales tax.
Ninety-two percent is the same rate at which snuff — a form of smokeless tobacco — and pipe tobacco are already taxed. “We are trying to keep the tax across all nasty things the same,” Till said.