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The Crossroads in Garwood will host one of New Jersey's first vapor festivals, an all-day gathering where E-cig smokers can sample new devices and taste a variety of e-juices while listening to live music on 04/06/14. (Sounds like fun)

New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie proposed a higher e-cig tax in February. The governor projected it could raise $35 million in revenue annually. (Always about the money)

Other states, including Massachusetts and Hawaii, have tried and failed to pass legislation taxing e-cigs. Minnesota is currently the only state in the country that taxes electronic cigarettes at the same rate as tobacco products.

Vapors are making a lot of noise about the tax, but there was not much of an uproar when New Jersey became the first state in the country to ban vaping indoors four years ago.

The state does allow vaping at electronic cigarette stores, in licensed cigar bars and designated casino smoking areas. If a person vapes in an office, restaurant, or bar they will be fined $250 for the first offense

$500 for a second and $1000 for a third. (WOW) E -cigarettes may be sampled in a tobacco retail establishment because you can sample in these locations

Daniel Emmer, a spokesman for the New Jersey Dept. of Health has stated local health agencies verify whether establishments qualify as a tobacco establishment.

Three other states, Utah, North Dakota, and Arkansas, have followed New Jersey's lead and banned vaping indoors. New York City enacted a ban last December, which prompted

a lawsuit by a smokers advocacy group called Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment.

At the federal level, the FDA is still in the process of proposing rules for the regulation of e-cigarettes.

The FDA intends to propose a regulation that would extend the agency's tobacco product authorities which only apply to cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, smokeless tobacco and to other categories of tobacco products that meet the statutory definition of a tobacco product a FDA spokeswoman said. Their concern is the availability to children who are on the internet and have money. They claim that if they buy multi-flavored e-cigs at age 10, they are smoking these things and becoming dependent on nicotine. By the time the child gets older, reaches the age of 18 they will switch over to regular cigarettes to continue the nicotine habit. (This doesn't make sense to me at all. In 8 yrs. from now who could afford cigarettes?)

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