By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

State senator tries third time for tax on e-cigarettes, vape sticks

 

April 12, 2023



For the third time in as many legislative sessions, Kodiak Sen. Gary Stevens is leading the push to get a tax on e-cigarettes and vaping products into state law.

“Taxes have been proven to reduce youth tobacco use, resulting in fewer kids becoming life-long smokers,” Stevens said in offering his legislation, which would add a 25% state tax to the sales price to dissuade youth from vaping.

Senate Bill 89 also would raise the legal age to buy vape sticks, electronic smoking devices and other similar nicotine products in Alaska to 21, matching the federal rule.

Stevens’ first effort died when the...



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