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