7% excise tax for vape consumption in Georgia
Last Friday, General Assembly in Georgia passed a measure to authorize the taxation of vape products. This bill also contained a decision about the proposal to raise the minimum age to consume e-cigarette or traditional cigarettes from 18 to 21 in the U.S.
According to a report released in the Athens Banner-Herald, this measure requires a 7% excise tax on vaping products in Georgia, including vape pens, e-cigarettes, refillable cartridges, and electric hookahs.
An additional bill is added at the end of the vaping tax, which raises the minimum age to use tobacco and vape products to 21. Last Thursday, this bill passed by a 123-33 vote in the state House. And then on Friday, the Senate passed it by a 45-8 vote. The bill now is headed to Gov. Brian Kemp for signing.
The excise tax is firmly against by Vaping manufacturers and store owners. They argued that people who use e-cigarette as a safe alternative might turn back to cigarette smoking because of the higher prices on vaping.
Court Upholds FDA Authority Over Vaping
According to a recent report in Reuters, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds the authority of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products.
According to a unanimous panel ruled on Thursday, because the Congress had demonstrated an "intelligible principle" in delegating authority, which specified the standard of tobacco products to the FDA. Therefore, under the non-delegation doctrine, Congress's decision to delegate vaping regulation to the FDA was constitutional and legal.
Moreover, the 5th Circuit's ruling can be regarded as the latest rejection of a series of legal challenges from the vapor industry.
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