Salem Cigarette Tax Will Triple In July

Salem, VA - Starting next month, buying a pack of cigarettes in Salem will get even more expensive as the city adopts a measure tripling the cigarette tax.

The vote was unanimous at Monday night's city council meeting where city leaders agreed to the 30 cents per pack hike.

Currently the tax in Salem is 15 cents per pack, which is one of the lowest in the state.

After the new tax takes effect, the total cigarette tax will be 45 cents per pack.

The additional money raised will go into the city's reserve fund.