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November 3, 2021

Urgent! Tell Congress to Kill the Outrageous Nicotine Tax

After the White House last week removed proposed nicotine tax language from the slimmed down Build Back Better reconciliation bill, the tax is now back. The tax is a clear violation of President Biden’s pledge not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year.

The proposed tax, which would astronomically increase the cost of low-risk nicotine products like vapes, was added back to the bill today by House Democrats.

Advocacy groups like CASAA and the American Vaping Association are urging vapers to take immediate action by calling and emailing their members of Congress today.

Here is the updated CASAA call to action

Find your U.S. Representative’s phone number here

Find your two U.S. Senators’ phone numbers here

Congress has removed the increased cigarette tax from the bill, so the tax rate on nicotine is halved from the original proposal (because the nicotine tax is indexed to the tax on cigarettes)—but it is still big enough to destroy the independent vaping industry and send many vapers back to cigarettes.

The bill will not raise the price of cigarettes at all.

President Biden is desperate to pass some version of this bill, which advances his promised social agenda. The bill has already been reduced from $3.5 trillion to $1.75 trillion to satisfy skeptical moderates, so Biden is unlikely to quibble if Congress delivers him a bill—even if it forces him to break his tax promise to a small group like vapers.

If the Build Back Better bill passes with the nicotine tax language, the law would establish a federal tax on vaping products for the first time: $50.33 per 1,810 milligrams of nicotine, or 2.8 cents/mg. It would essentially double or triple the price of most bottled e-liquid, and it would apply to both tobacco-derived and synthetic nicotine.

The price of a 60 milliliter bottle of 12 mg/mL e-liquid would increase by $20. A 30 mL bottle of 50 mg/mL nicotine salts would jump by more than $40. And a liter of 100 mg/mL DIY nicotine—which typically costs less than $100—would increase by $2,780.

Smokers created vaping without any help from the tobacco industry or anti-smoking crusaders, and vapers have the right to keep innovating to help themselves. My goal is to provide clear, honest information about the challenges vaping faces from lawmakers, regulators, and brokers of disinformation. I recently joined the CASAA board, but my opinions aren’t necessarily CASAA’s, and vice versa. You can find me on Twitter @whycherrywhy
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Clell Biggs
Clell Biggs
20 days ago

I truly get the feeling they’re in cahoots with the tobacco industry to steer people back to cigarettes. They’re doing everything they can to kill the vaping industry.

Last edited 20 days ago by Clell Biggs
David Priddy
David Priddy
22 days ago

If Biden ends up going back on his word and this bill passes with this legislation, does anyone know when it would go into effect?

Ed B
Ed B
23 days ago

I understand and agree with your article buts let’s be realistic. So much money has been spent on covid and other things and inflation so high the fed government will try to do whatever its wants. A 60 mil bottle of tobacco flavored juice is currently $33.00.That is currently what the Indian reservation here sells a carton of combustible cigarettes for.So if ejuice go up any higher I may as well smoke red cigarettes. Or put it this way.The ejuice I am vaping now tastes just like combustible cigarettes. The only difference is you do not need a lighter ashtray.… Read more »

Freki
Freki
21 days ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

I’ve never had a tobacco flavor taste like an actual cigarette. Not would I want to. Get over the machismo and grab some strawberry yogurt broo.

Ed B
Ed B
22 days ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

Try American patriot. It’s exactly the same minus the smoke and ash

derp
derp
22 days ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

It can be similar

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