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E-Cigs can help you dodge the new tax

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On February 4, 2009, the death knell for cheap smoking sounded with a ridiculous law called CHIPRA. While it’s actually about health insurance for children, part of its provisions (and funding) concern the fact that cigarette taxes across the country have pretty much doubled since early 2009. And if you have been smoking for any length of time, you know that it is anything but a cheap habit. In some states, the price of a pack of smokes has gotten over the $10 mark. So long, President Hamilton — we barely knew you. Fortunately for the smokers who do not want to give up the habit entirely,  e-cigarettes are cheaper and healthier.

E-cigarettes (or even e-cigs as some people call them) are an increasingly viable option for the smoker who knows it’s just not cost effective to get their nicotine with a traditional cig. After all, the vultures are circling on traditional cigarettes, with all of these new taxes taking effect. If taxing smokes is the best the government can do to raise money for its various operations, what is next? Are they going to try to balance the budget by charging $100 a pack? Maybe we shouldn’t be giving them ideas like that…

Smoking is not a popular habit, what with all of the smoke it produces, and the filters on the ground. The great thing about electronic cigs is that they just don’t have these kinds of problems. They have nicotine (to satisfy your cravings) and they let you keep the familiar smoking action — but they aren’t affected by the new CHIPRA tax. And they also don’t pollute or put the smoke into the air that non smokers just have to go on and on about. If you want to dodge these taxes, upgrade your cigarette to something a little more modern, like an e-cig.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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