Poll: Should New Jersey Tax Electronic Cigarettes Like Regular Smokes?
Would a tax protect kids or deter adults with the nicotine habit from using faux smokes as a step toward quitting?
Let's have a show of hands here.
Should the state start taxing e-cigarettes -- battery-powered devices that vaporize liquid containing nicotine and flavoring?
Gov. Chris Christie's proposed budget has a plan in place toat the same $2.70 per pack as their conventional counterparts.
Some health advocates -- including Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd -- argue that pushing up the price will keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of middle- and high-school students.
Others -- including the Democratic members of the Assembly Budget Committee -- say higher prices may discourage smokers from using e-cigarettes rather than regular ones. (O'Dowd said the state plans to exempt residents who are prescribed e-cigarettes as part of an effort to quit smoking from paying the tax.)
What do you think . . .