Oregon’s Tobacco Tax Increase, Electronic Cigarette Tax Measure Passes

Measure 108 both increases the cigarette tax and creates a 65% e-cig tax

Voters approved a proposal to increase Oregon’s cigarette tax by $2 per pack and to create a tax on e-cigarettes Tuesday night, according to unofficial returns.

Measure 108 will increase the state’s cigarette tax from $1.33 to $3.33, create an entirely new 65% tax on e-cigarettes and increase taxes on premium cigars.

The state estimates the tax would generate about $160 million per year.

“Tonight’s victory sends a very strong message that once again Oregonians show overwhelmingly the value of health and health care access for all of our neighbors,” said Elisabeth Shepard, campaign manager for the Yes on 108 campaign. “And will show up in force to protect them while also reducing one of the biggest threats to our kids health.”

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