Legislators in the U.S. state of Alaska are trying again this year to tax “electronic smoking products” the same as tobacco products. Bills to extend the state’s tobacco tax to electronic smoking products died last March as lawmakers rushed to close down the session amid the start of the pandemic. However, two lawmakers are trying again this year.
The bills, sponsored by Kodiak Sen. Gary Stevens and Juneau Rep. Sara Hannan, have each cleared their first committee and are both waiting for a hearing in their respective Finance Committee before either could move to the full body for a vote.
Alaska has no statewide tax on vapor products, although the state taxes smokeless tobacco at 75 percent of wholesale. Cigarettes are taxed at $2 a pack. HB 110 would enact a 75 percent wholesale tax on e-liquids, vaping devices, and components (HB 110 is the House version of SB 45).
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