Tobacco Taxes

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Increasing tobacco taxes are proven to be an effective way to prevent children from smoking and help adults quit.  

We are working in states across the country and in Congress to save more lives by passing regular and significant tax increases on all tobacco products. And this doesn't just include cigarettes, but also other dangerous products like smokeless tobacco and cigars. 

State cigarette taxes range from a low of 17 cents per pack in Missouri to a high of $4.50 in Washington, D.C., with an average state tax of $1.88 per pack.

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It's time to increase the federal cigarette tax

A 94-cent increase in the cigarette tax would prevent nearly 2.6 million children from becoming addicted smokers.
 

Latest Updates

February 26, 2021
Mississippi

Mississippi Health Advocates: Proposed Cigarette Tax Increase Inadequate to Save Lives; Urge Senate to Increase Tax by $1.50

February 18, 2021
Mississippi

JACKSON, MS — February 18, 2021 — The unpredictable and dynamic nature of COVID-19 is no match for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's (ACS CAN) volunteers' steadfast commitment. Because of the virus and the elevated risk for those with compromised immune systems, cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers from

February 12, 2021
Maryland

ANNAPOLIS – Today, the Maryland Senate joined its colleagues in the House in voting to override Governor Hogan’s veto of a potentially lifesaving tobacco tax increase. Last March, lawmakers passed a bill (HB732), which included line items for increasing the state cigarette tax by $1.75 per pack and earmarking $18.25

February 4, 2021
Mississippi

JACKSON, MS – February 4, 2021 – As lawmakers continually look to address the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to significantly increase Mississippi’s dangerously low tobacco taxes (40th cigarette tax in the nation) has never been more clear. Smoking rates among adults and youth in the

Tobacco Taxes Resources

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.