BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Cigarette maker RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. is helping fund an effort to snuff out a measure seeking to increase North Dakota's tobacco tax.
Campaign finance reports filed with the state show the tobacco company has donated more than $194,000 to fight the tobacco tax increase that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.
The Raise It For Health North Dakota coalition wants to raise the state's 44-cent cigarette tax another $1.76 per pack, to $2.20. Tax on other tobacco products, including liquid nicotine for electronic cigarettes, would increase 28 percent to 56 percent.
North Dakota ranks 47th among states in tax paid by smokers.
Campaign finance reports show backers of the measure have raised $540.