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Nicolites Reviews Amended E Cigarette Tax Bill In US

News Release from Nicolites

The management team at Nicolites announce their delight at the passing of an amended electronic cigarette bill in Hawaii, which will ensure that e-cigs are not taxed similarly to tobacco products yet will not be sold to minors.

Nicolites, one of the United Kingdom’s leading electronic cigarette retailers, expressed concern last week at the decision of the Hawaii state Legislature to apply a tobacco tax levy to smokeless cigarettes. However, after protests and rising pressure from over one thousand individuals and commercial companies, the Hawaii Senate Ways and Means Committee voted to omit the portion of the bill that would price the products out of the market – a decision that the management team at Nicolites adamantly supports.

The bill, which was passed on Friday 10th February, will prohibit the sale of electronic cigarette starter kits and accessories to minors yet will not class them as tobacco products.

Nikhil Nathwani, Managing Director at Nicolites, believes that the decision is a step in the right direction and will encourage a more positive perception of electric cigarettes.

“Aside from driving business outside of the state of Hawaii, the 70% tax on e cigarette products would have effectively priced them out of the budget of everyday smokers searching for alternatives to their traditional habit,” Nikhil explains.

“It’s clear that governing authorities are starting to listen to the opinions of e cigarette advocates and users and are not so quick to jump to the incorrect conclusion that the products are as harmful as real cigarettes.”

Nicolites is now the leading and most widely available brand of electric cigarette in the UK; they have formed business partnerships with many of the largest retailers to bring these wonderful innovations right on to the doorstep of every person in the country. Established in late 2007, Nicolites has grown into a multi-million pound company with international distribution networks and continues to grow at a phenomenal rate.



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