- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger says a measure seeking to increase the state’s tobacco tax will appear on the November ballot.

Supporters needed about 13,500 qualified signatures to put it to a statewide vote in the Nov. 8 general election. Jaeger on Wednesday said the measure’s backers turned in about 21,700 qualified signatures.

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. Retailers have successfully fought off several attempts to raise the state’s tobacco tax in the past two decades. The last increase was in 1993.

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