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WA Legislature Considering 75% Sales Tax on E-Cigs

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KENNEWICK, WA-- E-cigarettes are a growing trend And Washington state lawmakers are trying make some money off of e-cig sales.

A House committee approved a 75% sales tax on the liquid nicotine devices and products earlier this week.

E-cig business owners and users say creating a tax on e-cigs, like current tobacco sales tax, doesn't make sense because there is no tobacco in the e-cig liquid nicotine and will hurt businesses. 

"It costs the consumer more and it's a deterrent. So let's build small business and let's not tax it as a sin tax," said Sarah Witter, Tri-City Vaperz.

If the tax passes, it's estimated it would bring in more that $233 million by 2019.

People who oppose the tax rallied against the House proposal in Olympia Saturday.

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