Hawaii eyes stiff taxes on e-smoking devices

Published On: Feb 11 2014 10:52:57 AM HST
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HONOLULU -

Hawaii lawmakers have advanced bills that could heavily tax electronic smoking devices in the state.

People who sell the devices, also called vaporizers or e-cigs, have turned out to hearings to oppose the bills.  They say the devices help people stop smoking cigarettes and that high taxes could put them out of business.

One of the three bills lawmakers are considering originally called for an 85 percent tax on the devices, which can sell for $100 or more.  That tax rate isn't expected to survive since providers claimed they may help people quit smoking cigarettes.

This bill has to go through one more committee before the full Senate will vote on it.

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