This week, the North Dakota House of Representatives soundly rejected a pair of bills to increase tobacco taxes in the state, including one that would have more than tripled the tax on premium cigars.
HB 1422, introduced by Rep. Jon Nelson, R-Rugby, which called for the tax on premium cigars and pipe tobacco to be increased from 28 percent of the wholesale price to 92 percent. In the case of a cigar with an MSRP of $9.50, that means the price at the register would have gone from $12.16 to $18.24, by halfwheel estimates.
The bill also called for an increase in the tax rate on snuff from 60 cents to $1.96 per once and on chewing tobacco from 16 cents per ounce to 52 cents per ounce.
It was defeated 58-33 during its second reading on the House floor.
The chamber also defeated a bill that would have raised the tax on cigarettes by more than a dollar per pack by a vote of 66-25.