The Tobacco Tax ordinance currently only applies to cigarettes. The tax will be expanded to other tobacco products. “Roll your own” tobacco products will be taxed on a per ounce base just like cigarettes.
|Cigarettes||Small Cigars||Large Cigars||Smokeless||Smoke Tobacco|
|Proposed||$0.10 (unit)||$0.05 (unit)||$0.30 (unit)||$0.60 (ounce)||$0.60 (ounce)|
Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States (18.1% of total US deaths). (Center for Disease Control). Smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to cigarettes and is associated with multiple adverse health consequences, including oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay. (Center for Disease Control)