Bill would increase cigarette tax by $1 in Oregon

Bill would increase cigarette tax by $1 in Oregon

Oregon is considering raising cigarette taxes by $1 a pack.

Critics said 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.

At $1.18 a pack, Oregon's tobacco tax ranks 29th in the country and below the national average of $1.49, said Colleen Hermann-Franzen, advocacy and communications manager at the American Lung Association.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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