Vape tax dooms dozens of shops across Pennsylvania – Tribune-Review

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Dozens of Pennsylvania “vape shops” closed as quickly as they opened over the last year, in the wake of a 40 percent state tax on vaping products.

Vaping is a smoking alternative that works by vaporizing nicotine-laced liquid.

The practice become increasingly popular over the last few years, and an estimated 400 stores dedicated to vaping products had opened by mid-2016, according to estimates by the Pennsylvania Vape Association.

More than a quarter of them have closed in the last year, largely because of the state tax, which took effect last October, according to association President Charles Huff.

“This virtually wiped me out. It just destroyed my business,” said Huff, who recently shut down his website that sold vaping products. “It hurts a lot of people that our legislators are trying to balance the budget on the backs of small businesses.”

The tax was included in the 2016-17 state budget, requiring vape shops to pay a 40 percent floor tax on their current inventory plus 40 percent on future sales.

It applies both to vaporizers and

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