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21 Jan 2012

Tax Increase on Tobacco Is Snuffed Out

Smokers can breathe – or wheeze – a sigh of relief after legislation to raise the state tax on tobacco products died in a House subcommittee on Friday. House Bill 160, introduced by Delegate Patrick A. Hope, D-Arlington, would have increased Virginia’s tax on cigarettes from 30 cents per pack to $1.45 per pack – a 383 percent boost.