Two years ago in 2015, the state of Kansas implemented a harsh tax on e-liquids, one of 20-cent-per-milliliter. An article posted on CSP earlier this year pointed out that this tax had caused an outrage, as small vapingbusiness and consumers alike complained that this drove vapers to shop online or from out of state.
However, back in March the Senate tax committee agreed to reduce the 20-cent tax to a reasonable 5 cents, which makes it in line with the tax in other states.
“That’s still a tough increase, but the advantage is that while the tax is on the books, it hasn’t been collected yet,” said Spencer Duncan, a spokesperson for the Kansas Vapors Association, back in March. “The pitch we made was the 20-cents-per-milliliter tax was … the highest tax in country and out of line with states such as North Carolina and Louisiana.”
A positive change
The amendments passed by the Senate Tax Committee were set to be implemented on July 1, 2017. “It’s telling that the tax committee was unanimous and favorable of the change and there’s no opposition we know of,” said Duncan whilst pointing out that tobacco companies, lawmakers and health entities alike, are in agreement about the tax amendments. “All it’s doing is correcting the tax and defining definitions.”