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WPHA Legislative Alert - Ask Gov Evers to veto the E-cigarette tax!

Friday, June 28, 2019  
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The budget bill that passed the state legislature this week contains an excise tax on e-cigarette vaping liquid that is a “tax-in-name-only”. It is substantially lower than WPHA and WALHDAB asked for andwill have no effect on discouraging e-cigarette usage.Call Governor Tony Evers at (608) 266-1212 and tell him to veto the meager excise tax on e-cigarettes from Assembly Bill 56!

Governor Evers, in his initial budget, called for an e-cigarette tax of 71% of the manufacturer’s price to create parity (or as close as possible) to the tax on regular cigarettes, which is $2.52/pack.The public health community believed this original proposal would have substantively discouraged e-cigarette usage among Wisconsinites.The Joint Finance Committee changed that to $.05/milliliter of e-cigarette juice.

It is nowhere near parity with taxation on cigarettes.They also removed the tax on any of the other components of e-cigarettes, eg. the hardware itself. Sojustthe juice.

We need you to call Governor Evers at (608) 266-1212 or email him atEversInfo@wisconsin.govand urge him to veto the 5-cents per milliliter tax.

While any tax on e-cigarettes may on the surface seem like good policy, this particular tax does not seriously or adequately attempt to solve the problem facing the state. Wisconsin deserves a real discussion and a real solution, not this “tax-in-name-only”.

When you call, please feel free to use the following talking points:

 

·E-cigarette usage is a growing epidemic throughout the state

·E-cigarettes usage is a public health problem affecting everyone from adults to children

·E-cigarettes are the most popular tobacco product among middle and high schoolers

·One-in-five high schoolers use e-cigarettes

·Taxing tobacco products is one of the best ways to reduce their use

·This 5-cent per milliliter tax does not address the issue and sends the wrong message that this policy is somehow adequate to discourage usage of e-cigarettes

·Wisconsin deserves an honest solution to the vaping epidemic, not this meager proposal

Thank you for your attention to this important legislative issue!

 


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