WASHINGTON, D.C., October 16, 2014 – A leading anti-tax advocacy group joined the American Vaping Association (AVA) in writing to the Philadelphia City Council today to voice opposition to a proposed tax increase on e-cigarettes and vaping products in Philadelphia. Gregory Conley, President of the AVA, a leading advocate for the benefits of electronic cigarettes, noted that the increase would be imposed on top of a $2-per-pack cigarette tax that went into effect last month. Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, also signed the letter. It reads in part:
“For decades, lawmakers have tried to mitigate smoking and the harm it causes through excise taxes and heavy regulation. However, with e-cigarettes, the free market has provided a solution to a problem that social engineers have not been able to address through stiff government regulations. The imposition of new taxes on these products perpetuates an issue lawmakers have spent so much time trying to eliminate, as studies show that almost all e-cigarette use is by smokers looking to significantly cut back or transition away entirely from their dependence on combustible cigarettes. This e-cigarette tax hike is a shameless cash grab and should be rejected in favor of real reform.”
About the American Vaping Association
The American Vaping Association is a nonprofit organization that advocates for fair and sensible regulation of vapor products, otherwise known as electronic cigarettes, with the goal of maximizing the number of adult smokers who use these products to quit smoking. The AVA was founded by Gregory Conley, a consumer and industry advocate with a long track record of advocating for vapor products dating back to 2010.
We are dedicated to educating the public and government officials about public health benefits offered by vapor products, which are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine or nicotine-free solution and create an inhalable vapor. The AVA is not a trade group and does not speak for any particular businesses, including our industry sponsors.