Attorney General Jim Hood wants to tax, regulate e-cigarettes

October 1, 2018, Mississippi Today, Bobby Harrison- Attorney General Jim Hood will propose during the 2019 legislative session that a use tax be placed on e-cigarettes or vaping devices similar to what is levied on cigarettes. The proposed tax will be part of a package of legislation designed to strengthen state regulations on the growing vape industry. Hood is part of a coalition, including the state Health Department, the non-profit Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, the state Youth Court judges and others, working to warn people (particularly parents) of the dangers of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are electronic or battery-powered devices that can be an alternative to cigarettes. Various types of juices, often fruity flavored and containing nicotine, can be smoked or vaped in the e-cigarettes.

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