Tomorrow, Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton, is expected to introduce legislation that would raise the minimum the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21 in the state of Oregon.
A separate bill, H.B. 2024, was introduced earlier in the Oregon House. It would not only increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco, but would remove the 50 cent cap on cigar taxes, meaning cigars would be subject to the 65 percent tax that is charged on other tobacco products.
That means that a cigar with an MSRP of $9.50 would jump from $10.50 to $15.20 by halfwheel estimates before sales taxes are added.
In 2015, a similar age increase bill was proposed, though it ultimately stalled.
If passed, Oregon would join California and Hawaii as the only states where you must be 21 to purchase tobacco, though a host of other states are considering similar measures.