SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Two measures the Oregon Legislature placed on the Nov. 3 ballot for Oregonians to vote on include limiting campaign contributions and increasing tax on cigarettes, as well as creating a tax on electronic cigarettes.
Both have received widespread and bipartisan support, which proponents hope will help push the measures to victory.
A vote in favor of ballot Measure 108 would increase Oregon’s cigarette tax by $2 per pack – from $1.33 to $3.33 – increases the cap on cigar taxes to $1 per cigar and add a 65% tax on e-cigarettes and vaping products, which are not currently taxed.
The funds from the tax increase would be used for public health programs including smoking prevention and cessation programs. The projected new annual revenue is about $130 million.
Supporters of the bill include Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, state lawmakers and organizations such as the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the Oregon Association of Hospitals