Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib, and Pressley press conference via Ilhan Omar's Congressional Office
A new vape tax will target poor Americans. Democrats recently snuck the measure into the $1.85 trillion spending bill.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
House Democrats on Wednesday added a tax on vapes to their $1.85 trillion Build Back Better Act, which experts say would target poor Americans and boost a dangerous black market.
The plan would tax vape products at a rate of $50.33 for every 1,810 milligrams of nicotine they contain. If passed, the tax would make vapes more expensive than cigarettes, which are taxed on a per-product basis. The tax would disproportionately hurt poor Americans, who are more likely to use vape products. President Joe Biden has pledged to not tax anyone who makes less than $400,000.
House Democrats had scrapped an earlier plan to tax all tobacco products in order to pay for Biden’s trillion dollar spending bill. Tim Andrews, director of consumer issues at Americans for Tax Reform, said Democrats reintroduced a nicotine tax to pay for their proposed State and Local Tax reduction, a $500 billion tax cut for the wealthy.
“This is literally a case of reverse Robin Hood,” Andrews told the Washington Free Beacon. “This is taking from the poor to give to the rich.”
Experts argue that taxing vape products will push consumers to more dangerous forms of tobacco, like cigarettes.