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Cigarette Tax Increase

cigaretteSALEM, Ore. — Starting the first of the year, cigarette taxes will increase in Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Revenue will increase the state tax on a standard pack of cigarettes by 13 cents, from $1.18 to $1.31. Tobacco officials say revenue from these taxes total about $250 million a year.

The money helps to support the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s general funds, and the Tobacco Use Reduction Account.

Recent legislation will also mandates part of the revenue to support mental health programs.