A trio of New Hampshire state representatives is seeking to eliminate the exemption for premium cigars from the state’s tobacco tax law, which would result in a 65.03% tax.

State Reps. Richard Ames (D-Cheshire), Katherine Rogers (D-Merrimack) and Timothy Corrigan (D-Strafford) have introduced HB 333, which strikes the current language that grants premium cigars a reprieve from the tax.

For a cigar with a suggested retail price of $9.50, it would mean that cigar would now cost $15.68, before local sales taxes were added.

The bill is next scheduled for a hearing on Jan. 19 in the House Ways and Means Committee.

Should the bill be passed by the legislature, cigars would begin being taxed on July 1, 2017.

Patrick Lagreid

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.