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 to tax e-smokes at 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 . . .