Aspen voters back tobacco tax increase

ASPEN, Colo. — The majority of Aspen voters backed a city proposal to impose higher local taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

The Aspen Daily News reports nearly three-quarters of Aspen voters backed Ballot Issue 2B in Tuesday’s election.

As a result, the price of a pack of cigarettes will increase by $3 on Jan. 1 and continue to go up 10 cents each year until the local tax hits $4.

Meanwhile, a new 40 percent tax on other tobacco products will take effect next year.

Aspen in the spring passed a law, also to take effect Jan. 1, raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products in the city to 21.

Officials predict the tax could generate up to an additional $325,000 in its first year.