Smoking cigarettes kills smokers and the people around them. So why is Rhode Island set to place an 80% punitive tax on anti-cigarette devices?


FILE – In this April 23, 2014 file photo, a man smokes an electronic cigarette in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

 

Quitting smoking is hard. Very hard. That’s why “vaping” is one of the greatest inventions in recent years. Vaping gives people a way to taper off of nicotine in a way that avoids the tar and other dirty, carcinogenic substances found in cigarettes. Vaping saves lives.

And yet Rhode Island Democrats want to apply an 80% tax on vaping. The biggest effect of putting that kind of tax on a good, is to discourage more people from trying it.

So Rhode Island, in a greedy impulse to make more money short term, is set to cause more people to get cancer long term. That’s not just smokers, but the people around them, who would otherwise be helped by vaping.

Shame on the Rhode Island Democrats for putting money before people.