Tax On Cigarettes Goes Up This Week

It’s about to get more expensive to buy cigarettes in Vermont. The tax on a pack of cigarettes will increase 38 cents beginning this Friday, July 1st. The increase is part of a package of tax increases designed to bring in $24 million in additional revenue to state coffers.

Vermont Senate Nixes Tax On Cigarettes

The Vermont Senate has rejected a plan to increase the state tax on cigarettes by a dollar a pack. The plan was designed to raise $9 million to help balance next year’s budget. The action raises new questions about how the budget shortfall will be addressed.

Cigarette Tax Advocates Face Uphill Battle

A plan to raise Vermont’s cigarette tax by a dollar a pack is running into some strong resistance at the Statehouse. Advocates say the tax will help fund quit smoking programs. But Governor Peter Shumlin says it will cost the state a lot of money.