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Bill to Tax Vaping Like Tobacco Products Clears House Committee

  • Measure would levy federal excise tax on e-cigarette products
  • Senate has signaled interest in discouraging teenage vaping
Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

The House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation that would tax e-cigarettes, such as vaping devices, the same as tobacco products.

The bill would place an excise tax equivalent to the $1.01 federal levy per pack of cigarettes on tobacco alternatives. The legislation is a response to a rapid increase in the use of vaping devices, particularly among teenagers and young adults. The legislation was approved by the committee 24-15 Wednesday and will now advance to a vote in the full House.