Lawmakers propose tax on e-cigs to help fund Kentucky’s pension system

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KENTUCKY (WEHT) – Kentucky lawmakers propose a new tax on e-cigarettes to help fund the state’s pension system.

A bill has been proposed placing a 27.5% tax on the sales price.

It’s the same as a dollar and 10 cent tax on a pack of cigarettes.

Lawmakers say it will help cut down on use of e-cigarettes by teenagers and raise up to $35 million a year.

“My dad worked for the green river youth development center and he retired from the state, and i think it’s a great program.”

“If people are willing to spend extra money for tobacco products, or e-cigarettes, that some it should be able to help the pensions.”

If the bill passes, the new tax rate would start in July of next year.

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(This story was originally published on July 23, 2019)

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