WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the American Vaping Association (AVA), a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, urged Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller to reconsider his recent position that the Indiana Legislature should impose tobacco-style taxes on vapor products.
It is expected that at least one bill imposing taxes and restrictions vapor products will be introduced in the Indiana Legislature’s 2015 session, which starts today.
Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association, issued the following statement:
“Indiana’s one million-plus adult smokers deserve better than new taxes and regulations on products proven to help smokers quit. Imposing a sin tax on vapor products is the wrong approach to take for both public health and small businesses in Indiana.
“Attorney General Zoeller should take a hard look at the toll that smoking has on the people he was elected to serve and withdraw his support of new taxes and bigger government. We are hopeful that the Indiana Legislature will reject any new taxes on vapor products and allow Indiana’s vapor retailers to continue to help smokers become ex-smokers. “
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.