A trio of New Hampshire state representatives is seeking to eliminate the exemption for premium cigars from the state’s tobacco tax law, which would result in a 65.03% tax.
State Reps. Richard Ames (D-Cheshire), Katherine Rogers (D-Merrimack) and Timothy Corrigan (D-Strafford) have introduced HB 333, which strikes the current language that grants premium cigars a reprieve from the tax.
For a cigar with a suggested retail price of $9.50, it would mean that cigar would now cost $15.68, before local sales taxes were added.
The bill is next scheduled for a hearing on Jan. 19 in the House Ways and Means Committee.
Should the bill be passed by the legislature, cigars would begin being taxed on July 1, 2017.