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August 6, 2014

Tobacco taxes could use a big dose of uniformity

Enact a law, and companies will find loopholes to exploit. That was the fear which drove lawmakers in 2009 to raise cigarette taxes together with taxes for roll-your-own tobacco and small cigars, both easy substitutes for cigarettes. To prevent manufacturers from shifting toward lesser-taxed alternatives, Congress equalized taxes between all three products – hiking the existing roll-your-own tobacco tax by over 24 times and small cigars by over 27 times.

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