Should a sin tax apply to e-cigarettes?

A public health agency dependent on cigarette taxes for its funding may ask state lawmakers to tax electronic cigarettes to help make up for a decline in consumption of traditional tobacco, says an official for its San Diego branch. Kim Medeiros, executive director of First 5 San Diego, one of 58 county agencies that are part of First 5 California, said the organization is working on a preliminary proposal to push state lawmakers to tax electronic-cigarettes or increase existing taxes on tobacco products. Additionally, it would try to gain a share of any taxes from marijuana sales should the state move toward legalization.
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