Tobacco use has been found to be one of the primary drivers of cancer-related health disparities because its use disproportionately impacts people based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, mental health, income level, education level, and geographic location. Achieving health equity relies heavily on eliminating tobacco use. ACS CAN is pursuing fact-based tobacco control policies at the local, state and federal levels that aim to reduce disparities and improve health outcomes for everyone.
Cigarette Tax Increases of $1.00+ Per Pack Ensure Public Health Impact
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) supports a comprehensive approach to tobacco control that includes significantly increasing excise taxes on all forms of tobacco. Regular, significant excise tax increases of $1.00 or more per pack of cigarettes are one of the most effective ways to prevent kids from starting to use cigarettes and to help adults quit. Tobacco excise taxes can also reduce tobacco-related health disparities among people with limited incomes, pregnant persons and among racial and ethnic populations.[i],[ii],[iii]
[i] The Community Guide. Tobacco Use: Interventions to Increase the Unite Price for Tobacco Products. November 2012. Retrieved from https://www.thecommunityguide.org/findings/tobacco-use-interventions-increase-unit-price-tobacco.
[ii] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Response to increases in cigarette prices by race/ethnicity, income, and age groups--United States, 1976-1993. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1998 Jul 31;47(29):605-9. PMID: 9699809.
[iii] Ringel, J.S., and Evans, W. “Cigarette Taxes and Smoking During Pregnancy,” Am J Public Health, 2001 November; 91(11): 1851–1856. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1446890/.