Increasing tobacco taxes are proven to be an effective way to prevent youth from smoking and help adults quit. We are working across the country to save more lives by passing regular and significant tax increases on all tobacco products.
Tobacco tax increases are endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General as a highly effective tobacco control strategy because increasing price is proven to reduce smoking, especially among youth and low-income populations. The health impact of tobacco tax increases can be magnified by utilizing the revenue from tax increases to help fund state tobacco prevention and cessation programs. These programs can counter the tobacco industry’s targeting of vulnerable populations while providing resources to support those trying to quit and other health programs that directly benefit populations with higher tobacco use and deaths due to tobacco, including low-income communities.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) calls on lawmakers to reject any attempts to reduce or eliminate taxes on any tobacco products. ACS CAN supports a comprehensive approach to tobacco control that includes regular and significant increases in the excise taxes on all forms of tobacco, fully funding effective tobacco prevention and cessation programs, and creating 100% smoke-free environments.
Increasing tobacco taxes is one of the best ways to reduce tobacco use. It is important that tax increases apply to all tobacco products at an equivalent rate to encourage people to quit rather than switch to a cheaper product as well as to prevent youth from starting to use any tobacco product.
The economic model developed jointly by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (TFK), the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), and Tobacconomics (a program of the University of Illinois at Chicago) projects the increase in state revenues, public health benefits, and health care cost savings resulting from increases in state cigarette tax rates.