Rhode Island E-Cigarette Bills on the Table

Rhode Island lawmakers have proposed four bills that vapers in the state should take a look at. Dino Baccari, the owner of White Horse Vapor on Mineral Spring Avenue in North Providence, spoke to The Valley Breeze, and said that if any of the bills were passed, “vape stores and vapers alike would be required to travel elsewhere or potentially revert to smoking cigarettes to pay for their nicotine needs.” Baccari said that the bills would be harmful to the industry.

The four bill proposals are:

1. A large wholesale tax on vapor products sold in Rhode Island.

2. Prohibiting all smoke-free vaping in any place of employment within the state.

3. Vapor stores in Rhode Island would be required to post signs in their stores informing customers that the use of vapor products causes heart and lung disease, cancer, stroke, and respiratory illness, which are false statements.

4. Rhode Island retailers would be required to get cigarette licenses in order to distribute vapor products, for which a special license is already required.

Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio, is a co-sponsor on all four bills.

For the full story, visit http://www.valleybreeze.com/2016-03-08/north-providence/e-cigarette-seller-proposed-state-regulations-will-hurt-our-business#.VvGNJhIrJ8d.


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