Canada is well known for being an expensive place to purchase cigars and other tobacco products, and now the province of British Columbia is getting even more expensive after a new provincial sales tax has gone into effect.

The new provincial adds an additional 7 percent tax on the purchase price of tobacco, which includes the existing tax rate of 90.5 percent of the taxable retail price, though that is capped at $7 per cigar.

The increase, which went into effect on July 1, applies to all tobacco products sold in the province, including cigarettes, cigars, heated tobacco products, loose tobacco, pipe tobacco and any other products that contain tobacco in any form. It does not apply to e-cigarettes or vaping products.

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 public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.