The D.C. Council recently approved a new tax on electronic cigarettes and other vaping products. Rather than being taxed at the regular 5.75 percent sales tax, they will be taxed like traditional tobacco products at 70 percent. Local vape shop owners say the tax will drive them out of business and hurt District residents who use vaping to quit smoking. Kojo explores the variety of debates surrounding the booming industry of “e-cigs,” or “vapes.”


  • Erik Miller Owner, D.C. Vape Joint
  • Robin Koval President and CEO, American Legacy Foundation
  • Pamela Clark Research Professor, School of Public Health, University of Maryland College Park; Director, University of Maryland Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science

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