The latest attempt to cap the tax on cigars in the state of Hawaii is advancing through the state’s senate.

S.B. 2843 passed the Senate’s Ways and Means Committee and is expected to receive a vote in the full Senate later this week.

Currently, Hawaii taxes cigars at 50 percent of their wholesale price. A cigar with an MSRP of $9.50 would drop from its current pre-sales tax price of $14.25 to a much more modest $10.50 by halfwheel estimates.

Attempts to cap Hawaii’s cigar tax have been an annual effort for the last handful of years. Last year’s attempt passed the Senate but failed to get approval by the Hawaii House of Representatives.

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I am an editor and co-founder of Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.