Pennsylvania vape shops are still suffering from the effects of a 40 percent tax on e-cigarette products that passed in July as part of the state budget.
Last week, a second vape shop in Lancaster County called Flavr Vapor Lounge was forced to close its doors after the tax hike was enacted in October, according to LancasterOnline.
In addition to the wholesale tax, there’s also a 40 percent floor tax on existing inventory that was also written into the budget that puts further strain on these small businesses.
“We’re dealing with people’s lives, people’s jobs. We’ve had people coming in with tears in their eyes saying ‘Can I just thank you? You changed my life,’ ” said Evan Urban, Flavr Vapor Lounge’s general manager, who also described the tax and its unruly effects on vape shops in Pennsylvania as “sad.”
Urban will continue to be a member of the Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Trade Alternatives Association (CASAA), attend rallies and contact state legislators, LancasterOnline also reports.
“Just because we are closing down the shop doesn’t mean we are bowing out of the fight,” Urban said.
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