Tue. Feb 25th, 2020

House panel OK’s tax hike on vaping, other tobacco products

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill to impose an excise tax on vaping products has cleared a Kentucky House committee.

The bill also would raise existing taxes on tobacco products other than cigarettes. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the measure would raise nearly $50 million over two years. The measure advances to the full House. Rep. Jerry Miller offered a compromise version Tuesday that would result in a smaller revenue gain for the state.

Health advocates hoped for more but spoke in favor of the compromise during a House budget committee meeting.

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