Poll: Should NJ raise taxes on e-cigarettes? – NJ.com

Should NJ raise taxes on e-cigarettes?

TRENTON — Should New Jersey pass a state budget that includes a new tax on electric cigarettes?

Gov. Chris Christie’s new budget proposal suggests raising taxes on “e-cigarettes” to the regular rate for cigarettes — $2.70 per pack.

He said electric cigarettes — which provide nicotine through liquid vapor instead of smoke — are “unregulated and subject to standard state sales taxes only.” This proposal would add the state cigarette tax on top of it.

The state Treasurer estimates the tax would generate $35 million in revenue annually.

But critics are leery. At a state Assembly Budget Committee hearing this week, Union City resident Steven Clark called the idea “reckless and harmful.”

“Electronic cigarettes have the potential to make smoking obsolete within a generation,” Clark said. “With the right combination of tailored regulation and cost-incentives, e-cigs might end smoking as we know it.”

Tom Frieden, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said nobody at this point knows “whether they will decrease or increase use of traditional cigarettes.”

Do you support the tax? Vote in our informal poll above.

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