WA: House Committee Passes Measure Establishing 60% Tax on Vapor Products

Washington State’s House Finance Committee has passed a bill that would establish a large tax on vapor products.

House Bill 2165 was moved forward by the Finance Committee by a vote of 7 to 4. The proposal was filed by State Representative Paul Harris (R) along with six Democratic representatives. It “Imposes a 60 percent tax on vapor products”, and “Creates the Essential Public Health Services account.”

In addition, the legislation “Authorizes the Governor to enter into vapor products taxation compacts with federally recognized Indian tribes, and establishes requirements for such compacts.”

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WA: Companion Bills Filed to Raise Age for Buying, Selling and Using Tobacco and Vapor Products

A bipartisan coalition of nearly 50 lawmakers have filed companion bills in Washington’s House and Senate to raise the minimum age for purchasing, using and selling tobacco and vapor products.

The measures define a “vapor product” as any “electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe, or similar product or device and any vapor cartridge or other container that may contain nicotine in a solution or other form that is intended to be used with or in an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe, or similar product or device.”

The proposals notes that vapor products do not “include any product that meets the definition of marijuana, useable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, marijuana-infused products, cigarette, or tobacco products.”

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