So I did some research in the actual budget on whitehouse.gov. I cannot find any mention of a tax increase on large cigars, small cigars, RYO or pipe tobacco. I viewed the 294 page entire document and hit 'find' and typed 'tobacco.' There are 6 instances of the word tobacco in the budget. Here:
The investments in early childhood education
and development on the mandatory side of the
Budget are fully financed by raising the Federal
tax on cigarettes from $1.01 to $1.95 per pack. In
addition to financing important investments in
early learning, the proposed tobacco tax increase
would have substantial public health benefits,
particularly for young Americans. Researchers
have found that raising taxes on cigarettes significantly reduces consumption, with especially
large effects on youth smoking.
The Budget pays for new early childhood investments by
increasing the tobacco tax, which will also save
thousands of lives. In addition, the Budget pays
for new tax cuts by closing tax loopholes and rebalancing the tax code so it does not unfairly benefit the wealthiest Americans.
Tobacco is mentioned in conjunction with federal employeee health care and then 3 times in the actual budget breakdown charts.
If any of you who have stated that the tax will increase on all tobacco products, please give your sources. I believe this idea of a blanket tobacco tax increase is more conjecture than fact.
Here is another mention of the proposed cigarette tax:
Providing a year of free, public preschool education for 4-year-old children is an important
investment in our future. It will give all our kids the best start in life, helping them perform better in
elementary school and ultimately helping them, and the country, be better prepared for the demands
of the global economy. Not only that, it could save hard-working families thousands of dollars each
year in child care costs. This is an investment we need to make, and it is fully paid for in this Budget
by imposing a new tax on every pack of cigarettes sold.
that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness