A bill has been introduced in Tennessee that would lower the taxes on food at the expense of more than doubling the taxes on tobacco products, including cigars.
Rep. Bo Mitchell, D-Nashville, and Sen. Sara Kyle, D-Memphis, have introduced H.B. 1213 and S.B. 946, identical pieces of legislation that would remove the 4 percent state sales tax on food while increasing the taxes on tobacco products.
For other tobacco products like cigars, the increase would be from 6.6 percent to 17 percent of the wholesale price.
halfwheel estimates that a cigar with an MSRP of $9.50 retails for around $10.13 before sales tax in Tennessee. That would increase to $11.12 if the legislation was passed.
For cigarettes, taxes would increase from 3 cents to 8.35 cents per cigarette.