E-Cigarette Sellers Fear Encroachment From Tobacco Companies

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are devices that convert solutions containing nicotine into an aerosol mist that can be inhaled. In recent months, the State of Oklahoma in the United States has been pushing a bill that will relabel stores selling e-cigarettes as conventional cigarette venders. As a result, stores will no longer be able to sell e-cigarettes to minors.

additional taxes will be levied on the sale of e-cigarettes Furthermore, additional taxes will be levied on the sale of e-cigarettes, thus bringing up e-cigarette prices. However, store owners who sell e-cigarettes are disgruntled, claiming that their stores already forbid the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

Instead, these store owners suspect that the bill is a collaboration between Oklahoma lawmakers and big tobacco companies. Oklahoma lawmakers stand to gain because the bill raises additional revenues from the sale of e-cigarettes.

In comparison, big tobacco companies stand to gain because the bill enable them to gain influence over e-cigarette sellers. This is important because the increase in e-cigarette users has been eating at tobacco profits.