It’s been quite the year for e-cigarettes. The vaping ban is still in limbo, and now even more regulations and costs are here. Customers will now face a 28% sales tax on their vaping products, a jump of 20%.
“This is just ‘par for the course’ here in New York State,” says Ken Gregory of END Vape.
Gregory owns and operates a number of vape shops in the region. He says this 20% hike in sales tax is the state’s way of regaining lost revenue from declining tobacco sales. Stores now also have to pay $300 for a license every year.
“It is what it is. We’re happy to provide alternatives to users of combustible cigarettes, but (customers) are going to have to pay a higher fee,” says Gregory.