Press Release: SENATE FINANCE KILLS FAVOLA’S CIGARETTE TAX BILL: SB 155 Would Allow Arlington & Fairfax to Raise Tax $0.30

January 20, 2016


Richmond, VA - The Senate Finance Committee voted to pass by indefinitely a bill allowing Arlington and Fairfax Counties to raise the local cigarette tax rates from 30 cents to 60 cents. SB 155, patroned by Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), would require that proceeds from the tax raise be dedicated to primary and secondary education.


Senator Favola: “Arlington and Fairfax should have the right to provide crucial funding for education by executing a small tax increase on cigarettes. Besides the indisputable economic benefits of raising taxes on this harmful product, my bill would have a positive public health impact by discouraging nonsmokers, and children in particular, from starting to smoke.”




Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2016 session, Senator Favola serves on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees.


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