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Oregon Could Allow Cities and Counties to Set Tobacco Taxes

Legislation introduced into the Oregon legislature could result in cities, counties and towns in the Beaver State being able to impose their own taxes on tobacco in addition to what the state already levies.

Currently, the state’s tax rate on cigars and tobacco products besides cigarettes and moist snuff sits at 65% of the wholesale price, with a cap of $0.50 per cigar. Moist snuff is taxed at $1.78 per ounce, except that the minimum tax per retail container is $2.14, while cigarettes are taxed at $1.31 per pack of 20.

Senate Bill 14, filed by Sen. Rod Monroe, removes the state’s prohibition on municipalities imposing additional taxes to cigarettes or other tobacco products. Similar bills have been filed in the House of Representatives, HB 2160 and HB 2162.

All three bills are currently awaiting assignment to a committee. Should the legislation pass, it will go into effect 90 days after the legislature adjourns its 2015 session.

Patrick Lagreid: I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the Spring Training public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies, PA announcer for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, and PA announcer for the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA. I'm also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice talent and writer, among other things. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.