By David Madden
TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – As New Jersey legislators wrestle with Governor Chris Christie’s proposed budget, there’s a good deal of attention centered on a plan to tax electronic cigarettes in the same fashion as other tobacco products. But the idea is getting a less than enthusiastic reception in the state legislature.READ MORE: 10-Year-Old Boy Recovering After Grazed By Bullet In North Philadelphia: Police
The proposal would be projected to add $35-million to the state’s bottom line.
Anti-smoking advocates, skeptical of manufacturer claim that e-smokes are safer, believe the higher price per pack could also cut down on consumption.READ MORE: Tolls Increasing Sunday On 8 Delaware River Crossings Connecting Pennsylvania, New Jersey
Gloucester County Assemblyman John Burzichelli says on the revenue side of the debate, “that number has been challenged. One other state had tried it and found the revenues diminished significantly.”
He’d like to see more study on the health question.MORE NEWS: Man Dies After Being Shot Four Times In West Oak Lane, Philadelphia Police Say
The budget has little wiggle room, as Burzichelli sees it, but that $35-million will have to come from somewhere, since it seems the e-cigarette tax plan is going nowhere fast — at least for now.