NH House votes to lower tobacco tax to attract more Maine sales

Posted March 17, 2011, at 12:43 p.m.

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire’s House has voted to reduce the state’s cigarette tax a dime in hopes of attracting more cross-border sales.

The House voted 236-93 Thursday to cut the tax from $1.78 per pack to $1.68 over opponents’ objections that the state could not stand to lose the $16 million in revenue toward spending in next year’s budget.

Supporters argued reducing the tax will make New Hampshire more competitive with Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts.

Opponents said even if the state experiences higher sales as a result, it will still lose millions of dollars in revenue.

The Senate next considers the bill.