Dallas-rooted Legislation Calls for 10 Percent Texas Tax on Retail Sales of E-cigs and Vape Products

AUSTIN -- A Houston-area legislator this week hopes to persuade Texas House colleagues to approve a 10 percent state retail excise tax on e-cigarette and vape tobacco products -- an idea a Dallas health care advocate instigated last fall.If the tax passes into law -- GOP Gov. Greg Abbott has not aired a position on it -- the added cost to consumers would range from $1 to $5 per purchase, per retail prices listed this week on ElectricTobacconist.com.House Bill 4013 from Republican Rep. Rick Miller of Sugar Land ranks among dozens of measures stacked up on the House’s floor calendar that by the body’s rules must win initial approval by midnight Thursday to survive.  Continue reading...

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