5th Nov 2021

Update on Nicotine Tax.

The latest news after review of the "Build Back Better Bill" is that the outrageous tax on nicotine was taken out, only to be added later as a revision into a new bill and only on safer, smoke-free nicotine products and not on combustible tobacco nicotine. The new language of this bill try's to keep the average voter confused and they are relying on our ignorance and laziness to be successful in passing a bill that will tax smoke-free nicotine by the milligram.

We know we have asked all of our customers to fill out a testimonial on the CASAA website multiple times (Link provided here: https://casaa.org/get-involved/national-calls-to-... . If the link does not work, just highlight it and copy/paste it in a web browser. It will take you directly to the testimonials and updates on CASAA's fight for our vaping rights) . We are asking once more, even if you have done this, to please do it again. Please have your friends and loved ones do it as well. This is very important that we let it known we are NOT okay with this. We do not support this ridiculous tax on electronic nicotine delivery systems and free-base or synthetic nicotine. The fact that the bill was rewritten to confuse us into thinking we had won, when in reality all they did was take out the tax on tobacco nicotine and left e-cigarettes to be taxed at an astronomical rate is NOT something we will take without a fight!

To quote an email we received from the American Vaping Association, "The new tax hike proposal came as a surprise to harm reduction advocates. When the Biden White House released their proposed framework for the bill last week, absent from the plan was a scheme previously floated by House Democrats that aimed to raise $96 billion over ten years by dramatically increasing federal exercise taxes on cigarettes and all other tobacco and nicotine products. Following its introduction in September, the proposal came under fire as a regressive tax that would violate President Biden's pledge not to raise taxes on American families making less than $400,000 per year. White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused to say whether President Biden supported that element of the plan.

Then, two days ago, House leadership filed a manager's amendment to add a provision to the Biden BBB bill targeting only nicotine vaping products and pouches with a new federal excise tax of 2.7 cents per milligram of nicotine. By eliminating the tax hikes on cigarettes and other established products, the tax is now estimated to only raise $9 billion over the next decade. Under such a tax structure, many adults would end up paying more in federal excise taxes to vape than to smoke cigarettes. This late addition to the bill is attracting fresh criticism by progressive and conservative sources questioning what this tax says about Democratic priorities.

Today's version of the BBB bill faces an uphill climb to pass the U.S. Senate. On Wednesday evening, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) balked at the idea, telling Brett Baier, "With where we are right now, a tax on nicotine? That doesn't make any sense to me whatsoever."

Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, issued the following statement:

"Senator Manchin is correct to oppose this harmful tax. There is no valid reason to impose new taxes on tobacco-free nicotine products, particularly at a time when American families are feeling the impact of rising inflation. By aiming to make smoke-free alternatives more expensive than smoking, House Democrats are sending a message to millions of Americans that their health matters less than protecting the wallets of billionaires.

"Just as opposition to cannabis reform has hurt Republicans in many areas of the country, the refusal of congressional Democrats to rethink their messaging on nicotine will cost them working class voters in 2022 and beyond."

Michael Pesko, an associate professor of economics at the Georgia State University, has published studies funded by the National Institutes of Health concluding that excessive new taxes on vaping products will lead to more combustible cigarette smoking by both youth and adults. He and other public health experts have warned that unduly harsh policies toward vaping products are likely to do more harm than good. Their arguments have only grown stronger with recent news that vaping by teenagers dramatically declined in 2021 for the second year in a row.

Vapers and harm reduction advocates are encouraged to reach out to their elected officials using this tool provided by the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association." ( The "tool link" will also take you to the testimonial statement. Once you submit it it will show you your local Representatives and Senate, then help you make sure THEY also get your statements.)