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3-13-13 CIGARETTE TAX INCREASE UNDER DISCUSSION

Mar 13, 2013 -- 9:35am

Raising cigarette taxes by $1 a pack would make it too expensive for some minors to take up smoking, that according to public health advocates addressing an Oregon legislative panel yesterday. The House Revenue Committee heard public testimony on cigarette taxes but took no action. Critics say the tax hike would be particularly harmful to people with low incomes, who smoke at much higher rates than the wealthy, and to businesses that sell tobacco products.

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