Tobacco tax and campaign contributions on Oregon's ballot

Tobacco tax and campaign contributions on Oregon's ballot


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.

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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

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