A bill seeking to remove Oregon’s 50-cent per cigar tax cap has been introduced to the state’s legislature, and if it passes, will drastically increase the cost of cigars in the state.

H.B. 2158, which was filed at the request of House Interim Committee on Revenue, seeks to make cigars subject to the full rate of 65 percent of the wholesale price. While a cigar with an MSRP of $9.50 currently costs $10.50 by halfwheel estimates, that same cigar would jump to $15.68 if the tax cap were to be removed.

A similar bill was introduced in 2017, though it failed to get out of the House Committee on Revenue.

The increase would take affect 91 days after the legislature adjourns and would to tobacco products tax reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2020. It is currently awaiting assignment to a committee for a hearing.

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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 previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.