By: Angela Garrity
Omaha World Herald reports that Omaha’s tobacco tax would apply for vaping products under the City Council’s proposal. The change, if passed, would add 3% occupation tax on tobacco and vaping products.
Mayor Stothert supports extending the tobacco tax onto vaping for “public health and tax fairness reasons.”
Council President Chris Jerram has proposed eliminating the existing city ordinance’s exemption for nicotine delivery devices in favor of adding the tax to vaping products.
Jerram also said he wants to apply the tobacco tax fairly. The city’s tax law shouldn’t treat people who vape nicotine any differently from the people who smoke it, he said. Local smokers pay the tax.
The public hearing is set for October 22.