The state Assembly on Monday is expected to pass a bill that would impose a tax on the sale of cigars at retail outlets in the state.
The measure would add to a statewide tobacco tax increase of $1.5 billion to $1 billion this year and $3 billion over the next four years.
It’s the second time the Assembly has considered the issue, after lawmakers approved a similar measure in May.
The bill also calls for a statewide electronic cigarette tax.
The proposal is likely to face opposition from many of California’s big tobacco producers.
The tax would not apply to tobacco-specific products like electronic cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco.
It would also not apply on cigars, which have a shelf life of up to three years.
The industry and some health advocates have said the measure is too punitive and that the current system has been abused by tobacco companies.