California to impose new e-cigarette tax amid concern over teen vaping

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A pedestrian smokes an e-cigarette on Nov. 8, 2019, in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A pedestrian smokes an e-cigarette on Nov. 8, 2019, in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Amid concern over widespread teen vaping, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday approved a new 12.5% excise tax on electronic cigarettes to be paid by California consumers to boost public health and education programs.

The aim of the legislation is to discourage vaping by minors and bring taxes on e-cigarettes more in line with levies on other tobacco products, said state Sen. Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), who authored Senate Bill 395.

“Vaping has become increasingly popular despite the risks,” Caballero said. “This is especially evident among our youth, and made worse by the availability of youth-appealing flavors such as gummy bears and cotton candy.”

The senator said making vaping devices more expensive will reduce the number of purchases by those younger than 21, which is the age at which people can legally use tobacco products.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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