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Politics & Government

Cigarette & Vaping Tax Changes Coming In January

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Following the approval of statewide Measure 108 by voters on Tuesday, the Oregon Department of Revenue is moving forward with implementing tax increases on tobacco and adding a new vaping tax. Taxes will apply beginning next year.

The department laid out the following tax increases set to begin Jan. 1. It includes establishing taxes on vaping and e-cigarettes.

  • 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.

 

The revenue department also announced they’ll seek public input on how to implement Measure 108 at a hearing on November 24.

 

Funds generated from these taxes will go to the Oregon Health Authority for public health services, including tobacco-use prevention programs and supporting the Oregon Health Plan.

More information from the Department of Revenue can be found here.  

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