Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau Representative Sara Hannan has introduced legislation calling for imposing an excise tax on electronic smoking products.
She says the state hasn't touched nicotine tobacco product taxes in 12 years. "So the last time that tobacco taxes were addressed in Alaska, vaping wasn't a thing. Electronic smoking didn't really didn't exist. So those products currently in Alaska aren't taxed at all."
The same tax currently applied to smoking products would apply which amounts to 75 percent of the wholesale price.
Representative Hannan outlined terms of her House Bill 94 while a guest on Action Line.
The measure is now awaiting action by the House Labor and Commerce Committee of which Representative Hannan is a member.
It also has a Finance Committee referral.