In an effort to find new ways to pay for the proposed $1.75 trillion “Build Back Better” package, the House Democrats added a “nicotine tax” on tobacco products including e-cigarettes in their latest 2,135-page version of the bill. Unfortunately, there is nothing innovative about this amendment. There have been multiple attempts at federal and state levels in the past, with some of them successful, to impose this type of ‘sin tax.’ While the primary objective is to raise revenue and improve public health, the proposal runs counter to the proponent’s expectations: this regressive tax hike would keep more people smoking.

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