Montgomery Council Considers a Tax on E-Cigarettes

The Montgomery County Council is currently considering legislation that would impose a tax on e-cigarettes. As reported by the Bethesda Magazine, the bill

…would tax distributors of e-cigarettes at 30 percent of the wholesale cost of the products.

The tax would apply to all distributors that sell vaporizers and other products that use liquid nicotine to create vapors simulating smoking to local retailers.

There is currently no government oversight of these products.

The proposed tax in Montgomery County is seen as a way to add a new stream of revenue, according to documents filed with the council. Councilmember Tom Hucker is the primary sponsor of the bill, which is co-sponsored by councilmembers George Leventhal, Roger Berliner, Hans Riemer, Nancy Floreen, Sidney Katz, Marc Elrich and Nancy Navarro.

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