The owners of some Connecticut vape shops are trying to stop a budget proposal that could significantly raise the price of their products.
An item in the governor's budget proposal would add a 75 percent tax to all wholesale-purchased vape products.
“It’s pushing the vapor industry out of the state of Connecticut and they’re losing the revenues of all the taxation that we already pay,” Christine Mazzotta, of the Connecticut chapter of Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association, said.
The leaders of Vapor 9 vape shop in Portland said adding the proposed fee would effectively put them and other vape stores out of business.
“We would not be able to compete with online,” Andrew O’Bright, the regional manager of Vapor 9, said. “Everything would go outside of the state.”
Vapor 9 said they're asking their customers who oppose the tax to contact their legislators to put a stop to the tax.