More Pennsylvania vape shops expected to close unless tax is repealed –

Another 100 vape shops in Pennsylvania are in danger of closing their doors unless the state’s 40 percent excise tax on smokeless tobacco products is repealed soon, according to industry advocates.

Scores of such shops opened in the Keystone State in 2016 as interest in electronic cigarettes rose, but the legislature’s decision to tax vaping products, including the nicotine-laced fluid used in vaporizing devices, put the industry in a tailspin.

“We’ve had about 120 shops close over the past year,” Charles Huff, president of the Pennsylvania Vaping Association, told

And based on a survey of business owners the association conducted, there’s a potential for another 100 shops closing in the state unless the tax is repealed or reformed, Huff said.

Pennsylvania is not the only jurisdiction to impose such tax rates on vaping products. The city of Chicago last year placed a tax on liquid nicotine products that consisted of 80 cents per unit plus 55 cents per milliliter.

“The wholesale tax on vape shops was incredibly destructive to a very new

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