14 Jul Pennsylvania: Cigar Industry Wins Major Victory
Yesterday the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a tax and revenue package to fund its 2016-2017 budget. The package was subsequently approved by Governor Tom Wolf. The budget includes tax increases on the following tobacco products:
- $1 tax on cigarettes
- $1 tax on little cigars
- $.55 cent per ounce tax on smokeless tobacco
- $.55 cent per ounce tax on pipe tobacco
- 40% tax on vapor products
Because of a collaborative effort by the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) and its allies Cigar Association of America (CAA), Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG), as well as Pennsylvania retail tobacconists and distributors, a cigar tax was excluded from this legislation.
Thank you to all IPCPR members who contacted members of the Assembly in opposition to a tax increase on cigars. Your participation was critical to our success.