Certified Ballot Title
November 5, 1996 General Election
RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote increases cigarette and tobacco taxes and establishes new taxes, changes distribution of revenues.
RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote leaves cigarette and tobacco taxes at current levels, does not affect revenue distribution.
SUMMARY: Increases cigarette tax from 1.4 to 2.9 cents per cigarette. Cities, counties, general fund, transportation department get smaller proportion; majority goes to Oregon Health Plan, tobacco use reduction programs. Adds one-time taxes totalling three cents per cigarette, proceeds to Oregon Health Plan, tobacco use reduction. Increases tobacco products tax from 35% to 65% of wholesale price; directs some proceeds to Oregon Health Plan, tobacco use reduction, less to general fund. Retains one-half cent per cigarette tax that funds Oregon Health Plan.