Kansas Vape Shops Claim New Ecig Tax Will Shut Down Stores

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The Kansas senate recently approved a new bill that could significantly increase the cost of e-liquids with a new tax. Lawmakers hope the new tax of .20 per milliliter will help make a dent in the current $400 million budget deficit, but the state’s vape shop owners believe that the new bill could be detrimental to their businesses and to public health.

Some ecig shop owners worry that such a drastic tax hike could essentially put them out of business and now they feel forced to consider moving across state lines. Eric McPherson who owns a popular vape shop is frustrated by the lawmakers’ decision to tax eliquids. “I can’t survive on taxing $6 a bottle of liquid when they can go 5 miles down the road and get the same thing for less money,” he said.

Local vapers are also outraged at the new bill. Kansas City’s 900-member vapor club has spoken out against the new tax proposal. Member Hugh Brown said, “I’m going to be taxed and punished for improving my health. I don’t see that as a solution to the problem.”

Right now, the tax is only two votes away from being finalized and some state legislators insist that this is the only way they can fix the budget. Brown said that while he believes taxes are a necessary part of the state’s infrastructure, it isn’t the first approach that lawmakers should take. “I agree taxes are needed, but I think the better thing is to look at spending.”

McPherson said he has had to put business expansion on hold until the state’s lawmakers make a decision on the tax. His business is booming and he is ready to move to the next level, but if the tax is accepted, he might have to move his business to Missouri. “I’m looking at expanding. I’ve got two employees; I’m looking at hiring. But right now, that’s all kind of on hold.”

Do you think taxing eliquids is unfair? Is this just another money grab from greedy politicians that aren’t willing to make uncomfortable budget cuts?

Jimmy, lover, blogger, vaper and ex-smoker. I’ve been blogging about and supporting Vaping since 2009. They changed my life and I think history will show them as one of the most significant public health invention of the 21st century.

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3 Responses

  1. Curt says:

    The decline of smokers is probably largely to blame for the $400 million dollar deficit. This is probably causing a backlash in other industries too, such as health care, over the counter medications, as well as prescription medications, Oh the horror!!! We’re losing all these smokers resulting in huge tax revenue and corperate profit margin losses, THERE MUST BE SOMEONE TO BLAME FOR THIS ATTROCITY!!!!” Hey I know. Let’s target the ex-smokers who switched to e-cigs in an attempt to improve their lives. This cannot be allowed. They are the ones to blame for this lack of efficient government spending, er I mean tax deficit. We can demonize them like we did the regular smokers, and tax them again and again and again, then when there are more vapers, we’ll tax it yet again. Problem solved.

  2. MIKE-E says:

    No more taxes, CUT SPENDING instead!!!

  3. Robert says:

    Next thing you know your gonna have to have a liquor license to sell germ-x at the dollar store cuz it has alcohol in it. Eliquid is not tobacco it has 1 ingredient of similarity, sometimes! Nicotine, you do not have to disban local vape shops from our local economy ks you are only hurting yourself as a state less business means less money duh

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