By: Angela Garrity
New Mexico is bracing for new restrictions on indoor vaping as well as a new tax on e-liquid, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
Next month, the state will encompass vaping into its indoor smoking ban, which will include banning it in movie theaters, offices and restaurants. The Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act, prohibits smoking in workplaces and other public areas. House Bill 256, passed this year, which adds e-cigarettes into the ordinance.
The legislation permits people to smoke or vape in retail tobacco stores, but stores established after this summer will have to be located in stand-alone buildings to allow smoking and vaping inside of them.
In July, a 12.5% tax on e-liquid will be imposed as part of wider changes to the tax code in the state, which is outlined in House Bill 6 and was also approved earlier this year.
Blair Dunn, an Albuquerque attorney who has lobbied at the Capitol on behalf of vape stores, said New Mexico must strike a balance in its regulation of e-cigarettes, because vaping can help people quit smoking.
“We shouldn’t be penalizing people making the switch,” Dunn said.
This summer’s 12.5% excise tax on the value of liquid used in e-cigarettes is half of the typical 25% excise tax on tobacco products.
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