Pennsylvania’s cigarette tax goes up Monday

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania’s tax on cigarettes goes up by a dollar a park on Monday.

The state’s new budget sets the per-pack tax at $2.60, the 10th highest cigarette tax in the nation.

The tax is supposed to generate about $430 million dollars to help balance the state’s budget.

The new budget also imposes a 55-cents-per-ounce tax on roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco to generate about $50 million, and it sets a 40 percent tax on the wholesale price of electronic cigarettes, including vapor producing devices and liquid cartridges, to generate another $13 million.

Cigars in Pennsylvania remain tax-free.

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