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NH House votes to raise tobacco tax 20 cents

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NORMA LOVE
Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's House has voted to raise the tobacco tax 20 cents - a dime less than Gov. Maggie Hassan counted on in her budget.

The House voted 193-167 Wednesday to raise the tax to $1.88 per pack of cigarettes. Each dime raises $10 million a year.

Even with the increase, New Hampshire would have a lower tax than neighboring states. Opponent argued it nevertheless put New Hampshire at a competitive disadvantage in attracting cross-border business.

The proposed increase also would apply to other tobacco products.

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