According to vapingpost, lawmakers in Anchorage, Alaska, have taken action to include e-cigarettes in the city's tobacco tax, which will be taxed at 55% of the wholesale price.
The decree was passed unanimously by 10 votes to none.
The parliament also passed amendments to the act. The measure does not include steam equipment sold in marijuana dispensaries and marijuana oil.
Given the chemical and biological complexity between nicotine and atomized products containing cannabis, this is an obvious move.
Although the Centers for Disease Control and prevention recognized that e-cigarettes are much less harmful to cigarettes, federal agencies still consider e-cigarettes unsafe.
The state's tobacco control group believes the parliamentary move is a positive move on the front line of public health policy at the local level.
"Now, e-cigarettes are addicting a new generation of young people and threatening all these advances," Marge stoneking, executive director of the Alaska branch of the American Lung Association, said in a statement
"A substantial increase in the tax rate on e-cigarette products will reduce teenage smoking rates and help more adults quit smoking, while also providing income for the city," stoneking added