Sep 19, 2019

The next move against vaping: big federal taxes

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New York Reps. Tom Suozzi (D) and Peter King (R) will announce Thursday a bill that would introduce a federal tax on e-cigarettes and codify into law a ban on flavored e-cigarette and tobacco products.

Why it matters: It's the only bipartisan federal legislation that introduces a tax on e-cigarettes.

The legislation, branded as the Quell Underage Inhaling of Toxic Substances (QUITS) Act, would ...

  • Raise the federal tax on cigarettes from $1 per pack to $3 per pack.
  • Tax e-cigarette products at the equivalent of $3 per pack.
  • Increase the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health's budget to $500 million from $210 million.

What they're saying: "In New York state, where cigarettes are more expensive than anywhere in the country, our smoking rates and negative health effects are lower than in states where ... tobacco products do not cost as much," the pair of lawmakers said in a statement announcing the bill.

  • "We want to take the New York model and use it to improve health outcomes across the country."

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct Peter King's name.

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E-cigarettes embraced in U.K. while U.S. cracks down

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While the U.S. cracks down on vaping amid a growing number of cases of mysterious lung illnesses, the U.K. has increasingly welcomed and promoted e-cigarettes as an alternative to traditional smoking, AP's Maria Cheng reports from London.

The state of play: The Royal College of Physicians has been telling doctors to promote e-cigarettes "as widely as possible" to people trying to quit tobacco. The CDC recommends that cigarette smokers in the U.S. consider finding an alternative besides e-cigarettes — especially those with THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana.

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Regulatory gaps are exacerbating the youth vaping crisis

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The delay in implementing comprehensive regulations for e-cigarettes has contributed to a growing crisis of vaping-related illnesses and deaths across the U.S. and poses particular risks to young adults.

The big picture: E-cigarette use by American teenagers has surged, and the dangers are heightened by unsafe black market vaping devices and THC cartridges. But a recent flurry of regulatory activity by states looks set to continue, with federal action following shortly.

Go deeperArrowOct 11, 2019

Altria's big bet on Juul is going horribly wrong

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Altria's $12.8 billion investment for a 35% stake in Juul is at risk of becoming one of the worst corporate investments of all time.

Driving the news: So far, vaping is suspected or confirmed as the cause of death for 8 people and 530 cases of pulmonary illness across 38 states, the CDC said, with a federal official saying that a criminal probe has begun.

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