By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A new poll shows that nearly three of four registered Kentucky voters support a statewide excise tax on electronic cigarettes. Currently, e-cigarettes are subject only to sales taxes in Kentucky, while traditional cigarettes carry both a sales tax and excise tax. Kentucky was about to pass a 15 percent excise tax on e-cigarettes during the last legislative session, but after a visit from Altria Group’s chief lobbyist, leaders of the state Senate removed the tax from a bill that ultimately raised the state cigarette tax 50 cents a pack, to $1.10. The Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, Inc. poll, taken on four days in mid-December, found that 73 percent of Kentucky voters supported a state excise tax on e-cigarettes, 21 percent opposed such a tax, and 6 percent were undecided. Support for the tax was bipartisan, with 77 percent of Republicans and 72 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of independents in supporting it. “E-cigarette sales are accelerating globally, nationally, and in Kentucky, and given both our state budget situation and this overwhelming level of bipartisan support from voters, there’s every fiscal and political reason to treat them the same way as other tobacco products,” Ben Chandler, president and… Read full this story
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