The multi-year effort to make cigars more affordable in Hawaii had a significant win last week.

A week ago, Hawaii’s Senate voted 19-4 with two abstaining to in favor of S.B. 2135, a bill that would establish the tax on large cigars in Hawaii to either 50 cents per cigar or 50 percent of the wholesale price, whichever is lesser.

Currently cigars are taxed at 50 percent of their wholesale price. That means a cigar with a suggested retail price of $9.50 likely retails from around $14.25. If S.B. 2135 is passed, the same cigar would likely retail for around $10.50.

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives.

Trying to lower the tax on cigars in Hawaii has been going on for multiple years, in large part thanks to the Hawaii Cigar Association.

In addition to the cigar tax cap, the Senate also passed S.B. 2408 which exempts premium cigars from a self-service display ban.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda 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.