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Delaware’s Cigar Tax to Double on Sept. 1

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As part of the state’s new budget that was approved early Monday morning, the tax on cigars will be doubling from 15 percent of the wholesale price to 30 percent on Sept. 1.

The increase was proposed in mid-June by Rep. Peter C. Schwartzkopf, D-14, and got passage from both chambers of the legislature on Sunday evening.

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For a cigar with an MSRP of $9.50, that means the cost at the register would go from $10.93 to $12.35 by halfwheel estimates, and before any additional sales taxes are added.

Additionally, the tax on cigarettes increase from $1.60 to $2.10 per 20 cigarette pack; there will be a new tax of five cents per fluid millimeter of vapor product, and the tax on moist snuff increases from 54 cents per ounce to 92 cents per ounce. The vapor product tax will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, while the other increase go into effect on Sept. 1.

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Patrick Lagreid
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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 MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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