[Chicago] ~ A Chicago alderman will soon propose a $1.25 tax on electronic cigarette cartridges and 25¢ for each milliliter of liquid to fill the cartridge.
The tax would raise $1 million a year toward fixing the city budget, but could also be part of a desire to impose a restriction on the increasing use of the e-cigarettes by young people, the alderman said Thursday, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.
Alderman Proco Joe Moreno said he will introduce the plan to the City Council to institute the tax on each e-cigarette cartridge and e-juice that fill them. E-cigarette sales are dwarfed by those of conventional cigarettes, but Moreno stated teens are taking up electronic smoking in rising numbers even as their use of cigarettes has gone down significantly. Moreno, who was joined by public health advocates who support the new tax at a City Hall news conference stated:
Big Tobacco is now going at our youth in a different way, through technology, and through vaping and e-cigarettes. Younger smokers are most likely to be deterred from buying the products by price increases.
It’s not clear if Mayor Rahm Emanuel supports the tax or if Moreno has the votes necessary to approve it.