Ohio Governor Proposes Tobacco Tax Increase


In what he described as a “sweeping budget,” Ohio Governor John K. Kasich is proposing an increase on the tax of cigars and other tobacco products from 17% of the wholesale cost to 60%, a move that he predicts will bring in $86.6 million in the next two years.

It’s part of a number of increases on tobacco products that includes a $1 per pack increase on the cigarette tax, from $1.25 to $2.25, and a new tax on vapor products and e-cigarettes. All together, Kasich believes the state will bring in $463 million a year.


The full budget proposal can be found here.

The budget now heads to the House Finance Committee on Tuesday, and if approved would take effect July 1 and run through June 30, 2017.

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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.

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