- Associated Press - Friday, January 25, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota House has defeated a measure to increase the state’s cigarette tax from 44 cents a pack to 84 cents.

The House also defeated a measure Friday that would have added electronic smoking devices to the list of taxable tobacco products.

State and federal data show North Dakota ranks 46th among states in the amount of tax smokers pay.

The state has not raised its tax on cigarettes since 1993, and lawmakers have rebuffed several attempts for an increase.

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