January 13, 2020

Key Points: 

  • New Hampshire’s vaping industry provided more than $77 million in economic activity in 2018 while generating 360 direct vaping-related jobs. Sales of disposables and prefilled cartridges in New Hampshire exceeded $6.1 million in 2016.

  • As of October 7, 2019, NHPHS has reported one case of vaping-related lung illness, noting other state health departments finding patients vaping THC prior to illness. NHPHS earns a D for its reporting on vaping-related lung illnesses.

  • In 2019, only 3.9 percent of New Hampshire high school students reported daily e-cigarette use. More data is needed.  

  • Only 5 percent of FDA retail compliance checks in New Hampshire resulted in sales of e-cigarettes to minors from January 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.

  • New Hampshire spends very little on tobacco prevention. In 2019, New Hampshire dedicated only $140,000 on tobacco control, or less than 1 percent of what the state received in tobacco settlement payments and taxes.


March 14, 2019
  • Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 680 would subject all vaping devices, even those that do not contain nicotine, to a 65 percent tax.

  • Vaping taxes do little to deter youth use. After initiating a task force to combat youth e-cigarette sales, Lancaster County, Nebraska reported sales of vaping products to minors decreased “from 21.2 percent in 2017 to 5.3 percent in 2018.” Meanwhile, sales of non-vaping tobacco products increased during the same period, from 5.9 to 8.7 percent.

  • Approximately three million American adults have used e-cigarettes to quit smoking. A 2019 study found e-cigarettes are twice as effective as nicotine replacement therapy in helping smokers quit.

  • The Royal College of Physicians estimates the use of electronic cigarettes is “unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm [caused by] smoking.”

  • A State Budget Solutions study found that if all current smoking Medicaid recipients had switched from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes, states’ Medicaid savings could have amounted to $48 billion in 2012.

  • Vaping devices have been an economic boon for local and state economies. A 2015 analysis estimated “U.S. brick-and-mortar vape shops generate annual non-online sales of more than $300,000 per store.

  • As the Granite State currently dedicates very little funding to tobacco education and prevention efforts, it makes little sense for lawmakers to tax a product that helps smokers quit.