Delaware's new tax on vaping products takes effect Jan. 1 – WHYY

Beginning Jan. 1, Delawareans who “vape,” or smoke electronic cigarettes, will join smokers of more traditional tobacco products in having to pay a tax on the products.

That’s when a new levy on e-juice takes effect — the often flavored liquid containing nicotine used to produce the vapor in e-cigarettes, which have become increasingly popular, especially among young people.

Starting Monday, Delaware residents will pay five cents for each fluid milliliter of e-juice in the vapor products they buy.

Smokers use these electronic devices to get the same sensation as smoking, but potentially with fewer nicotine, carcinogens, and chemicals than traditional cigarettes — although public health researchers are debating the risks and benefits of the products.

Delaware Gov. John Carney initially proposed a 30 percent wholesale tax on e-juice products, which many owners of the more than a dozen vape shops in Delaware feared would put their livelihoods at risk. In Pennsylvania, a similar measure that went into effect in 2016 put a 40 percent wholesale tax on e-juice products, and resulted in the closure of about 100 vape

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