© 2022
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
New England News

NH House Votes to Raise Tobacco Tax 20 Cents

Bruce on flickr

New Hampshire's House has voted to raise the tobacco tax 20 cents — a dime less than Governor Maggie Hassan counted on in her budget.

The House voted 193-167 Wednesday to raise the tax to $1.88 per pack of cigarettes. Each dime raises $10 million a year.

Even with the increase, New Hampshire would have a lower tax than neighboring states. Opponents argued it nevertheless put New Hampshire at a competitive disadvantage in attracting cross-border business.

The proposed increase would also apply to other tobacco products.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.