A bill seeking a significant overhaul of taxes in the Commonwealth of Virginia is calling for an increase in the state’s tobacco tax on cigars and other tobacco products from 10 to 23 percent of the wholesale price.

S.B. 390 addresses numerous facets of the state’s taxation system, from income and corporate tax to the estate tax and taxes on food and other consumables. In the case of tobacco, the tax on cigarettes would be more than doubled, from $0.30 to $7.00 per pack. Roll your own tobacco, cigars and other tobacco products except for moist snuff and loose leaf tobacco would also face the increase on the wholesale rate. Loose leaf tobacco would increase from $0.21 to $0.49 for each loose leaf tobacco single unit, while moist snuff would remain at the rate of $0.18 per ounce.

For a premium cigar with an MSRP of $9.50, the cost at the register would increase from $10.45 to $11.69, by halfwheel estimates.

Following its introduction to the senate on Jan. 9 by Sen. David W. Marsden, D-Burke, it was referred to the chamber’s finance committee.

Correction (Jan. 18, 2018) — an earlier version of this article misidentified the current cigarette tax in Virginia; it is $0.30 per pack, not $3.00 per pack. It has been corrected, and we sincerely regret the error.

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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.