North Carolina: Make sure e-cigs remain classified as "tobacco products"

HB 1050, titled Omnibus Tax Law Changes, was introduced Wednesday and approved by the House Finance Committee on Thursday. Buried in this large bill is a provision to tax electronic cigarettes at a VERY low rate and define electronic cigarettes as "vapor products" instead of as "tobacco products," as the FDA intends to regulate these products.

Creating a separate definition for e-cigarettes as "vapor products" that is separate from the definition of "tobacco products" will create confusion and allow for the easy exemption of electronic cigarettes from existing laws governing "tobacco products." The tobacco lobby and their alies in the House are trying to sneak this right through without anyone noticing. Don't let them get away with it!