HB 2165, which would add a 60% tax on the sale of vapor products, is moving quickly to the floor of the Washington House of Representatives. While most consumers will feel this increase in the form of a wholesale tax (paid by the distributor when they purchase products from manufacturers), consumers who shop online will, effectively, pay a 60% sales tax.
This bill also shockingly contains an admission that this tax is all about the money. HB 2165 is a prerequisite for passing Tobacco 21 legislation (another half-baked policy movement) because Washington will need to make up the lost tax revenue from cigarette sales if the minimum age to purchase is raised to 21.
A similar tax of 40% has wiped out over 100 retailers in Pennsylvania. Imagine what a 60% tax will do to Washington.
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