A new bill in Maine could more than quadruple the tax on cigars and other tobacco products in the state of Maine.

L.D. 1028 would increase the tax on cigars from 20 percent of the wholesale price to 81 percent of the wholesale price. Per halfwheel estimates, a cigar that has an MSRP of $9.50 likely retails for around $11.40 in the state of Maine before sales tax. If the bill passes, it would increase to $17.20.

If passed, Maine would have the second highest taxes on cigars.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Joyce McCreight, D-Harpswell, and is co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of nine other legislators.

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.