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NH House Considers 20-Cent Cigarette Tax Hike

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s House is considering raising the tobacco tax 20 cents — a dime less than Gov. Maggie Hassan counted on in her budget.

The House is scheduled to vote next week whether to raise the tax to $1.88 per pack of cigarettes. Each dime raises $10 million a year. Even with the increase, New Hampshire would have a lower tax than neighboring states.

The proposed increase also would apply to other tobacco products.

Opponents argue it nevertheless puts New Hampshire at a competitive disadvantage in attracting cross border business.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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