Portsmouth proposes cigarette tax increase

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 17, 2013 file photo, Marlboro cigarettes are on display in a CVS store in Pittsburgh. The nation's second-largest drugstore chain says it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1 as it continues to focus more on health care. The move will cost the Woonsocket, R.I., company about $2 billion in annual revenue. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – The City of Portsmouth is proposing raising its cigarette tax.

Dana Woodson with the City of Portsmouth said the proposed increase is 30 cents to make the tax 90 cents per pack. The money would go to the city’s general fund.

A public hearing will be held Tuesday night during the city council meeting.

If approved, the increase would take effect July 1.

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