Omaha chamber not keen on cigarette tax

Omaha chamber not keen on cigarette tax

By September 21, 2012 11:05 am Comments

In a letter to the Omaha City Council, Chamber of Commerce Chairman Nate Dodge offered some thoughts for the proposed cigarette tax to help pay for the University of Nebraska Medical Center cancer complex.

While pointing out that the city’s restaurant tax has exceeded expectations, he suggests the cigarette tax have a 10-year sunset and end when it has raised $35 million. And he warns that such taxes could hurt Omaha’s business climate.

Read the whole letter here, and read more about the proposed tax on


  1. Torsten Adair says:

    Or… the Chamber of Commerce could raise the $35 Million from its members, and thus render the cigarette tax moot.

    Of course, NYC raised their tobacco tax, and their business climate seems to be doing rather well. The smoking ban in bars didn’t hurt tourism either.