Tobacco Tax Hike Update

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Legislation aimed at taxing cigarettes and vape products is working its way through the House in Denver. When it comes to House Bill 19-1333, the Western Slope is divided.

Smoke shops KREX spoke to, are not in favor. The bill will give Colorado voters the chance to raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes from 80 cents to more than $2.50. Maybe not surprisingly, the Colorado Hospital Association supports the bill. In a press release sent to KREX-TV the C.H.A. quote, “…urges the legislature to move forward with a referred measure allowing voters to weigh in…”.

Today KREX spoke with would-be voters, and as is usually the case when it comes to politics, opinions were divided. The idea of money raised by the tax going to healthcare and tobacco education appeals to some Western Slope voters. But others are a bit more weary about the idea of higher taxes.


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