Cig­a­rette tax hike takes ef­fect, costs surge by $2 per pack

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

Cal­i­for­nia’s cig­a­rette tax in­creased by $2 a pack Satur­day un­der new tobacco poli­cies passed by vot­ers dur­ing Novem­ber’s gen­eral elec­tion.

Smok­ers in Cal­i­for­nia now will pay $2.87 in state taxes for a pack of cig­a­rettes, more than tripling the 87-cent tax levied be­fore the new ex­cise took hold April 1.

In im­ple­ment­ing the $2 tax hike, Cal­i­for­nia has be­come home to the ninth high­est cig­a­rette tax in the coun­try, the Sacra­mento Bee re­ported Satur­day. As the na­tion’s most pop­u­lous state, how­ever, the in­crease un­doubt­edly will have an ef­fect on Cal­i­for­nia’s coffers in ad­di­tion to the wal­lets of the Golden State’s mil­lions of reg­u­lar smok­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to a state tax map avail­able at the Cam­paign for Tobac­coFree Kids, the three states bordering Cal­i­for­nia now have sig­nif­i­cantly lower per-pack ex­cise taxes at $1.32, $1.80 and $2 a pack in Ore­gon, Ne­vada and Ari­zona re­spec­tively.

About 3.1 mil­lion of Cal­i­for­nia’s roughly 39 mil­lion res­i­dents are

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