California cigar enthusiasts: get ready to pay more for your smokes.
The state’s “other tobacco products” (OTP) law went into effect July 1 – increasing the tax rate from 27.3 to a staggering 65.08. The move is a by-product of Proposition 56, which raised cigarette taxes from 87 cents to $2.87.
Taxes will always rise, but it’s concerning when one ‘sin’ is singled out from others that have been largely exempt from increased fees.
Perhaps the only silver lining for CA smokers is the fact that the tax only applies to new stock, meaning any existing cigar in a tobacconist’s humidor will continue to be taxed at the old rate.