Skip to comments.Christie's proposed e-cigarette tax is for public health, state treasurer says
Posted on 04/05/2014 2:51:41 PM PDT by DallasBiff
TRENTON Gov. Chris Christies administration wants to increase taxes on electronic cigarettes for the sake of the publics health, state Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff said today.
Our goal is to achieve rough parity with the tax burden on conventional cigarettes. Why? Our main concern is public health, Sidamon-Eristoff said at an Assembly Budget Committee hearing today. Contrary to the claims of some users, e-cigarettes have not been shown to be a safe alternative to regular cigarettes. Nor are they a proven path to smoking cessation.
Christies budget anticipates $35 million in revenue by applying the $2.70 per pack regular state tax on cigarettes to the electronic cigarettes, which deliver nicotine in the form of water vapor. Users of the products have flooded recent Senate and Assembly budget committee meetings to oppose the tax.
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Hey, Fatso: Real conservatives don’t advocate higher taxes.
Nanny fat boi.
Christie be gone.
If believe buy that story, I have a bridge....
Ah yes.... Mr. Nanny State himself lettings know what is good for us
If I ever needed a reason to drop Christie fro0m a presidential run this tax will do it. Did anyone tell the dope these E smokes will save millions in health care costs.
Second hand water vapor? Before any one runs in here to complain about health care costs. Smokers pay more for insurance. Always have and I am DAMN sick of Chris Christie and all these other jerks telling me what I can and can not do. Just get your supplie over the internet. Screw New Jersey.
e-cigarettes have not been shown to be a safe alternative to regular cigarettes. Nor are they a proven path to smoking cessation.
Where’s the proof? Anyone get cancer from e-cigs?
How does the confiscation of $35,000,000.00 improve public health? If “smoking” ecigarettes harms people, taking money from them doesn’t help.
This is pure out and out lying, not health.
Thank you for having kept me from ever having set foot in New Jersey, and I pray Your wise hand guides me ever thus.Love,
Nor have you shown them to be unsafe. Nor have you shown that they have to be a "path to smoking cessation" to be a legal product. You're nothing more than another lying totalitarian. FOAD and take your fat RINO with you!
The iron law of supply and demand. An increase in price results in a decrease in demand.
That’s a good thing if the drug delivery device is being use by kids.
Drug delivery device.
Drug extractor and concentrator.
nobody’s claiming e-cigarettes are a path to cessation, but many people do quit smoking, or smoke cigarettes less frequently, once they switch to e-cigarettes.
The problem with cigarettes themselves (besides ugly butts on the beach from people who are too stupid to field-strip their smokes) has always been radioactivity picked up by the plants’ roots:
Besides nicotine, the liquid components of e-cigarettes are already in widespread use in injectibles, asthma inhalers, lotions, creams, soft-tissue ointments and in food as moisteners. I don’t know for certain about chinese nicotine, but the nicotine produced by USA-based dedicated labs that have come online recently is generally a synthetic, and so, hopefully, addresses the issue of polonium radioactivity.
It would seem if the real problem was, indeed, ‘public safety,’ presumed presidential candidate Christie would try to do us all a favor by pushing for investigative testing now to ensure that those who wish to escape the products of Big Tobacco, in fact, can, and with a safe product. Instead, all he wants is money to make up for the lack of real cigarette sales. It’s a cheap political trick - and beneath him.
With half the country out of work or stuck in a lousy job because that’s the best they can find. Russia on the move. Mideast in flames. GDP flatlined.....and our politicians from Rahm to Durbin to Christie spend their time worrying about e-cigs. Can we just horsewhip one of them?
Chubs can take responsibility for those who are weaning themselves off tobacco and now he makes it more difficult.
Good job chubby!
The same thing is happening in New Jersey. Christie's a fool if he thinks this is going to raise that kind of revenue.
Can’t really afford it ... but I’ll buy the whip.
If I can be trusted to have a bottle of shiny blue windex in my house, I think I can keep my vaporizer and guns out of reach of my kids. Kids have always reached for cigarettes because they aren't supposed to. This is no different and it doesn't require EPA or other regulatory efforts to make a law prohibiting sale to kids.
Bee & Ess ! And I’m not talking about ‘Aunt Bea’ either.
What the chubby RINO really means is TAX MONEY to spend!
we all know this has nothing to do with safety, it’s all about the tax money.
and a fat-ass RINO is the one to prove us right.
,funny they got my mom off smoking real cigs.
now you have to pray that nobody from new jersey sets foot in your area to mess up where you live.
Sure. You've got a strong argument there. I urge you to continue to use it as it speaks truth, common sense, and it will resonate with the people.
Those two statements are diametrically opposed, and contradictory.
Mindless bureaucracies and elected criminals can't shed that ol' "because we can" gene...
Can't be bothered with the fact that e-cigarettes are available 100% nicotine free.
Under those circumstances, using the word "parity" is beyond a cynical joke!
He apparently is also trying to plug a budget hole with this measure.
Nanny State PING!
Thanks for the ping!
The fat piece of crap is the last person who needs to be lecturing people about health.