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Oregon House Votes To Tax Cigarettes

SALEM, Ore. — In addition to gun control, another debate at the state capital is whether or not to allow a tax on tobacco.

The House narrowly passed the measure to allow counties to tax cigarettes on Thursday. Tobacco taxes are currently the exclusive authority of the state.

Proponents say the bill would help struggling counties raise revenue, while discouraging smoking. Critics say smokers tend to have lower incomes.

40 percent of the tax revenue would have to be spent on public health programs or addiction services.