Omaha City Council Subjecting Vaping Products to Tobacco Tax

The Associated Press

The Omaha City Council has decided to subject vaping products to the city’s tobacco tax.

The council voted for the measure last Tuesday and decided to make the city’s 3% tax on tobacco products permanent. The tobacco tax was approved in 2012 to support construction of a cancer center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The vaping product addition could spur an estimated $1 million increase in the tobacco tax, which now raises about $3.5 million annually.

Public health advocates and others say a vaping tax could help some young people choose not to start. Local vaping retailers warned that the tax would drive more vaping purchases online and beyond the city limits.

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