Tobacco Tax Increase Moves Forward with Committee Vote Today
(Salem, OR) — A key part of Governor Kate Brown’s plan to improve public health and fund the Oregon Health Plan is headed to the House floor for a vote. House Bill 2270today passed out of the Joint Committee on Tax Expenditures. The bill generates $346 million for the Oregon Health Plan by increasing the cigarette tax and, for the first time, taxing e-cigarettes.
“HB 2270 will not only save lives and improve health by helping people quit smoking, it will ensure Oregonians can continue to access the health care they need to thrive,” said Governor Brown. “The long-term, sustainable funding provided by this bill, along with HB 2010, which passed earlier in the session, will help make our communities healthier for years to come.”