Statement of Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, in response to Oregon voters supporting and passing Measure 108 in Oregon which establishes a tax on electronic cigarettes and increases the cigarette tax:
“Oregon’s passage of Measure 108 is good news for the health of Oregon’s youth, for the health of Oregonians, and for lung health. Starting January 1, 2021, electronic cigarettes in Oregon will be taxed at a rate of 65% of the wholesale sales price and Oregon’s cigarette tax will be $3.33 per pack, a $2 increase from the previous tax. Taxes on premium cigars will also be increased.
“Increasing tobacco taxes is one of the most effective ways to reduce tobacco use, especially among our youth. Measure 108 is a great win. The new revenue will provide additional funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs and supplement funding for the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s Medicaid program.
“This victory for lung health in Oregon will reduce and prevent youth smoking, save lives and fund healthcare and education efforts. As Oregon and the nation continues to battle COVID-19, there has never been a more important time to reduce smoking and vaping.”
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.