Minnesota Sen. David Senjem's bill would double prices for e-cigarette smokers
The Minnesota legislature wants to impose a 30 cent per milliliter tax on eliquids for electronic cigarettes. Considering bottles of eliquid are typically sold in 30ml or 60ml sizes, that tax could add up to $9 or $18 per bottle – doubling prices and shuttering small vape shops across the state.
Bills in the House and Senate aim to come up with a standard tax for nicotine products. But as the Senate tax committee heard during its Wednesday hearing on the matter, e-cigs and the people that sell them fall into two big opposing categories.
Testifiers who spoke against the bill included a lobbyist for ClearWay Minnesota, an organization dedicated to keeping tobacco products out of the hands of kids, and Dr. Peter Denhel of the Twin Cities Medical Society.
They argued that the bill favors Big Tobacco companies’ e-cigarette products, such as NJOY and Blu., because these products have fixed, high nicotine concentrations in small amounts of overall eliquid. A tax based on the amount of liquid would be a break for them.