E-cigarette shop says new tax could shut them down

E-cigarette shop says new tax could shut them down


>>I DON’T COUGH, I DON’T GET
SICK.
RACHEL: IT’S A BETTER.
SHE AND HER HUSBAND USED TO
SPEND $600 A MONTH LEADING UP.
THE ELECTRONIC VERSION KNOCKED
IT TO 20 OR $30.
BUT THAT COULD SOON CHANGE WITH
A 92% TAX IMPOSED ON THE
PRODUCT.
>>IT WOULD DECIMATE THE
BUSINESS.
ANY OF THE E-CIGARETTE CUSTOMERS
WOULD GO ONLINE OR OUT-OF-STATE.
RACHEL: LINDA BARKER SAYS IF THE
BILL GOES THROUGH, THEY WILL BE
FORCED TO CLOSE THEIR DOORS.
>>TO WHERE THE SECOND COMPANY
IN THE U.S. TO MAKE THE LIQUID.
RACHEL: THE COMPANY SAYS THEY
USE FEWER CHEMICALS AND SELL THE
PRODUCT THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.
A LIQUID COSTING $20 NOW WOULD
GO UP TO $38 IF THE TAX WAS
PASSED.
>>A LOT OF SMOKERS ARE LOW
INCOME.
WE HAVE CUSTOMERS AT HAVE TO
WAIT FOR THEIR PAYCHECK TO BUY A
$20 BOTTLE OF LIQUID.
WHY DO YOU WANT TO PENALIZE THAT
INCOME BRACKET?
RACHEL: REPRESENTATIVE BOB HELM
SAYS THE TAX IS UNNECESSARY.
>>SOMETIMES YOU CONTACT PEOPLE
TO THE POINT WHERE IT’S NOT ONLY
ABUSIVE BUT IT HURTS THE STATE.
RACHEL: SUPPORTERS OF THE TALKS
SAID COULD KEEP THE PRODUCT OUT
OF KIDS HANDS.
>>WE ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT
THE KIDS WITH A HIGH USE UPTAKE
THAT THEY WOULD JUST GO TO
TRADITIONAL CIGARETTES.

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