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State moves ahead with M. 101 tobacco tax hike, new e-cigarette/vaping tax

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To fund health care for low-income families, public health programs

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) --With the approval of Measure 108 by Oregon voters earlier this week, the Department of Revenue said Thursday it is moving ahead with the implementation of increases in cigarette and tobacco taxes along with a new tax on inhalant delivery products.

As a result of the passage of the measure, the public will see the following changes beginning January 1:
• The cigarette tax will increase by $2 per pack of 20 and $2.50 per pack of 25.
• Little cigars, collectively weighing less than 3 pounds per 1,000, will be taxed as cigarettes, will require an Oregon cigarette tax stamp, and must be sold in sealed packages of at least 20.
• Inhalant delivery systems, such as vaping and e-cigarette products, will be taxed at a rate of 65% of the wholesale purchase price.
• The cap on the tax on cigars increases from 50 cents to $1.

As outlined in the approved ballot measure, revenue produced by the tax changes will be used by the Oregon Health Authority to fund health care coverage for low-income families, including mental health services, and public health programs, including programs addressing tobacco- and nicotine-related disease.

The Department of Revenue will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 24 on a series of administrative rules implementing the changes. Information about the hearing is available on the agency’s website.

Tobacco distributors and retailers, inhalant delivery product and e-cigarette dealers, and the public can also find answers to a list of frequently asked questions on the website.

To stay updated on Oregon cigarette and tobacco tax law changes, interested parties can subscribe to email updates. Those with questions can call 503-945-8120 or email spa.help@oregon.gov.

To get tax forms, check the status of your refund or make tax payments, visit www.oregon.gov/dor or email questions.dor@oregon.gov. You also can call 800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish) or 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon. For TTY (hearing- or speech-impaired), we accept all relay calls.

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23 Comments

        1. No one said you did. I simply stated that you could go smoke in Idaho or some Trumpers field if you don’t want to by higher taxed goods here.

          It was a solution for your frustration.

          I’m sorry for your imminent loss but I was trying to help you like medicaid is or will.

  1. ” As outlined in the approved ballot measure, revenue produced by the tax changes will be used by the Oregon Health Authority to fund health care coverage for low-income families, including mental health services, and public health programs, including programs addressing tobacco- and nicotine-related disease.”

    So part of the funds will supposedly be used for low income health care ? In Kate Browns
    world that means increased help for the illegals, and as far as programs addressing tobacco and nicotine disease, that’s even more waste. There have been programs in place for years, and people already know the dangers associated with tobacco use…
    Of course the biggest chunk will be wasted on administrative expenses.

    1. I don’t have to have to pay for your medicare when you contract lung cancer, heart disease, or any other expensive preventable and probable outcome.

      Renounce your tax-payer subsidized medical care rights and puff on homie.

    2. Oh dear god, the money will go to help another human being you say

      rather than subsidizing your “right” which will cause the inevitable chronic disease

      the treatment of which will raise the cost of healthcare for all of us

      even with private insurance and not Medicaid/Medicare. The humanity of it!

      The shallow pool will drown us all…

      1. There’s a big difference. I’m a U.S citizen, born and raised here. and I started
        working when I was 14 years old, so I have payed my share of taxes over the years
        to help fund the programs that are in place for U.S citizens, and I don’t have a problem with that…
        I didn’t pay taxes so our Government can provide social services to criminals that
        aren’t U.S citizens. People that have no respect for our laws, and think that they
        have a right to be here illegally, and have access to our social services because
        they feel entitled… You are correct about one thing, it is my right to smoke if I want to, but contrary to what you and all of the other liberal loyal subjects think,
        it is NOT their right to live in our country illegally…

  2. What will be funny is when tax revenues go down because of the increased cost, they will complain there aren’t enough smokers to fund the programs. And by programs they really mean the job program to hire more bureaucrats.

    IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN

  3. I say we also tax people 10% of their income for every percentage point over their BMI. Since being over weight also is preventable and results in millions of unneeded deaths a year and puts a huge strain on the health care system.

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