South Carolina Wants A Piece Of Growing E-Cig Market With Proposed Tax


Legislators in South Carolina, along with lawmakers in several other States, are proposing what would amount to a “sin” tax on electronic cigarettes, which are growing in popularity as traditional smokers turn to alternatives perceived as healthier.

It’s still pioneering days for the E-cig industry, as the Federal Food and Drug Administration hasn’t weighed in on what effects the smokeless products have on human health.

If passed, South Carolina’s bill would tax E-cigs at 5 cents per “cartridge.” Many electronic cigarettes operate by producing heated vapor from cartridges filled with a solution of propylene glycol or other vegetable-based liquid that contains nicotine. E-cigs do not produce smoke and do not combust actual tobacco.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • JimH

    I was wondering how long it would take for some politicians to get to fake cigarettes. Pay the tax with fake money.

  • Trick

    I guess the government’s given up on attributing taxes like this to health care costs and such, and now they’re just grabbing the money from whoever they can get to stand still long enough. It’s really getting pathetic.