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Cigarette Tax Will Spike This Weekend

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Sacramento, CA — Be prepared for the price of cigarettes to take a notable jump on Saturday.

Effective April 1st, the tax on cigarettes in California will increase from the current $.87-cents to $2.87. The tax increase was approved by voters during the November election.  The final tally was 64.4-percent in favor to 35.5-percent opposed.

In addition, beginning tomorrow e-cigarette products that contain nicotine will be taxed the same as cigars and chewing tobacco, which is 27.3% of wholesale costs.  Then on July 1st, all non-cigarette nicotine products will increase to be in line with cigarettes.

The extra funding will go towards physician training, prevention and treatment of dental diseases, Medi-Cal, tobacco use prevention, cancer research and other programs.