Tax on vaping products passes Kentucky House

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky House has voted to create a tax on vaping products and increase taxes on snuff and chewing tobacco.

The measure passed 75-17 Wednesday. It now goes to the Senate.

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News outlets report the bill is estimated to raise $50 million of new revenue over the next two fiscal years. It aims to reduce vaping and smokeless tobacco use in a state with one of the nation’s highest cancer rates.

The bill would add vaping products to the list of smokable tobacco products such as cigars that are subject to a wholesale tax, with that rate increasing under the measure.