- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey Senate panel has approved a bill that would tax electronic cigarettes and raise the tax on tobacco products.

Under the bill advanced on Monday, e-cigarette manufacturers would face a 75 percent tax on the devices.

Taxes on cigars, loose tobacco and chewing tobacco products would rise from 30 percent to 68 percent.

The measure reflects Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed budget which seeks to raise $35 million a year from products like e-cigarettes.

Supporters say they hope to curb the use of e-cigarettes and tobacco products.



But the New Jersey Gasoline, Convenience Store and Automotive Association says retailers have begun to rely on e-cigarettes to replace revenue lost from tobacco products.

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