Summit County approves tax increase on tobacco, nicotine

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SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — A new sales tax to combat the use of nicotine and tobacco products was passed by Summit County residents on Tuesday.

Voters passed the ballot measure increasing the sales tax on cigarettes to $4.00 a pack, along with a 40% tax increase for products including e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.

The tax includes a 10% annual increase for four years through 2024.

The tax is expected to go into effect in January with the first 10% increase the following year, in January 2021.

Officials with the county say a cost increase is the most effective way to reduce use of these products.

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