The Kentucky House Budget Committee has passed a bill that would nearly double the state’s taxes on cigars.

H.B. 32 would increase the tax on other tobacco products, including cigars, from 15 percent to 27.5 percent of the wholesale price.

A cigar with an MSRP of $9.50 likely costs about $10.93 in Kentucky before sales tax. If H.B. 32 were to pass, that same cigar would likely retail for $12.10.

The bill will also tax vaping products at the same 27.5 percent of the wholesale cost.

If passed, the bill would go into effect Aug. 1, 2020.

H.B. 32 now moves to a vote in the full Kentucky House of Representatives.

Charlie Minato

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