Alaska Governor Vetoes Bill To Increase Tobacco Purchase Age

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On Thursday, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy vetoed SB 45, a bill that would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the state from 19 to 21, aligning the State over federal government. minimum age. However, it was not the increase in age that led to the veto; rather, it was an implementation of a tax on e-cigarettes and vaping products.

The bill sought to create excise tax rate parity on electronic smoking products, which are currently not subject to state-level taxes because they are not considered cigarettes or cigarettes. ‘other tobacco products’ (OTPs), which includes things like premium cigars, pipe tobacco, and other non-cigarette products. The bill would have subjected electronic smoking products to a tax rate of 35% of the wholesale price, which would still be lower than the state rate of 75% of the wholesale price of other tobacco products.

“There have been many conversations about what an appropriate level of taxation would be, but at the end of the day raising taxes on Alaskans is not something I can support,” wrote Dunleavy in his veto letter to Senate President Peter Micciche.

Dunleavy did not say whether or not he supports increasing the age, but noted that it is not possible to separate the components of a bill once it has been passed by the legislature.

Since the Governor vetoed the bill after the second regular session of the Legislature adjourned, the veto will not be taken unless a special session is called before the next legislative session.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – each cigar you light is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggles and stories. For me, it’s so much more than the cigar – it’s the story behind it, the experience of appreciating the work of artisans, and how a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with the half-wheel, I am the PA announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as the Salt River Rafters of the League. Fall of Arizona, the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I’m a voice-over artist. Previously, I covered the Phoenix and National cigar scene for Examiner.com, and served as an editor for cigar snob magazine.

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