E-Cigarette Wins in Hawaii Senate
It has recently come to my attention that a bill proposing a 70% tax on e-cigarettes has been amended, and the proposed tax will not come into effect in Hawaii. An e-mail statement I received from the Hawaiian-based Volcano E-Cigs claims that
The Senate had received more than 1,200 pieces of testimony on the issue and decided last friday to ENFORCE the part of the bill that restricted the use of ecigs to persons under 18 years of age BUT they amended the entire part that would tax the product.
I feel that this amended legislation is both a reasonable and responsible decision regarding e-cigarettes from the Hawaii senators. I don’t feel that minors should have access to any nicotine products. However, adults should have the freedom and right to choose a much better alternative to traditional cigarette smoking.
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