- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Republican-dominated North Carolina General Assembly will consider a new tax on electronic cigarettes.

A panel that studies tax matters recommended Tuesday that the proposal be introduced during the legislative session that starts Wednesday. Support is coming from an unlikely source in tobacco giant Reynolds American, based in Winston-Salem.

Company Vice President David Powers says Reynolds asked for the tax to ensure that it would be handled fairly. The proposed tax is significantly lower than those being considered in other states.

Electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco and emit a vapor instead of smoke. They would be taxed at a much lower rate than a regular pack of cigarettes, which has a 45 cent per pack excise tax.

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