A loophole that has allowed some to escape Utah's high cigarette tax went up in smoke Wednesday.
The House voted 60-10 to pass SB36, and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature. It will begin taxing cigarettes that are made by any rolling machines capable of making 150 cigarettes in less than 30 minutes.
The bill's sponsor, Sen. Wayne Harper, R-Taylorsville, has said some who own such machines make cigarettes not only for themselves, but often to sell to friends, family and others. "We have a loophole where some of these are escaping regulation, escaping taxation," he said earlier in the Senate.