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Oregon’s Tobacco Tax Increases In 2021

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Oregon’s tobacco tax will increase in the new year. That’s the result of a measure approved by voters in November.


The tax on cigarettes will go up by $2 a pack. Taxes on cigars will also increase. And for the first time, Oregon will tax vaping products such as e-cigarettes.



The changes are expected to bring in an additional $165 million per year. Most of the new revenue will go towards health coverage for low-income Oregonians. It’s also expected to triple the amount of spending on tobacco cessation programs.


That’s a big win, said Jamie Dunphy of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network.

“This will level the playing field," he said. "It will provide us with tools that we need to convince folks to quit and to prevent people from ever starting in the first place.” 

The ballot measure was supported by two-thirds of Oregon voters in the November election.


Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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