Council Considers Excise Tax on E-Cigarettes

Electronic Cigarette

Electronic Cigarette

Electronic cigarettes may look like a traditional cigarette and they might be taxed in Montgomery County the same way too.

Today, Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker introduced a bill that would establish an excise tax on the distribution of electronic cigarette products. If approved, Montgomery County would join other states and localities that are regulating and taxing electronic cigarettes.

Council President George Leventhal, Vice President Nancy Floreen and Councilmembers Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich, Sidney Katz, Nancy Navarro and Hans Riemer are co-sponsors of Bill 15-15. A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 5. The Council staff report and bill can be found at: .

Under current state tax law, cigarettes are taxed at $2 per pack and other tobacco products are taxed at a rate of 30 percent of the wholesale price. Electronic cigarettes are not currently subject to state tobacco taxes. The proposed tax on the distribution of electronic cigarettes would be 30 percent of the wholesale price—mirroring the state tax on other tobacco products, according to the bill.

“The goal of this legislation is to ensure our tax code keeps up with a rapidly evolving industry, and raises revenue to support our schools, first responders and other vital County programs,” Hucker said in a news release. “E-cigarettes should be treated similarly to tobacco products.”

In March, the Council enacted Bill 56-14 that will prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in public places where traditional tobacco smoking is prohibited. That bill will go into effect on June 12. Bill 56-14 also will restrict the sale of certain liquid nicotine or liquid nicotine containers in retail outlets unless the nicotine is in a container considered child resistant packaging. The definition of electronic cigarette includes e-cigars, e-hookahs, e-pipes and vape pens.


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Krista Brick

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Krista Brick is a multi-media journalist with Montgomery Community Media.


4 Responses to “Council Considers Excise Tax on E-Cigarettes”

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    On April 14, 2015 at 9:51 pm responded with... #

    What Tom “Einstein” Hucker is failing to realize is that products that actually CONTAIN tobacco are ALSO associated with CANCER and is the REASON products CONTAINING TOBACCO are SUBJECT to an excise tax.

    E-cigarettes have not been shown to cause cancer. E-cigs HAVE been PROVEN to be 99% safer than cigarettes.

    Tom, do you really want to go down in history as an incredibly uninformed and greedy politician after E-cigs are shown to be the best weapon in the war on lung disease caused by products that CONTAIN tobacco? If you care about cigarette smokers having EVERY OPTION AVAILABLE to kick the cigarette habit, you better think twice about taxing life saving E-cigarettes. Your career may someday depend on it.

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    On April 16, 2015 at 2:46 am responded with... #

    Well i guess that’s a good move to levy excise tax on electronic cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes have become quite popular among the young generation nowadays and it has been proven that they are much more safer to use than the old traditional cigarettes,

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      On April 19, 2015 at 12:41 am responded with... #

      I’m not sure I understand Shaun, Are you being facetious? Levying a sin tax on E-cigarettes is like taxing smokers to quit smoking. How is quitting smoking a sin?

      If you want to tax somebody for E-cigs, tax the teens @ 500% of retail. They’ll be back to smoking taxable cigarettes in no time.

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    On April 20, 2015 at 7:02 pm responded with... #

    Wow–sin taxes and prohibitions on a product with no secondhand smoke or other public cost. When did Montgomery County go all ultra-right-wing Temperance Movement?

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