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 $4.35 in New York and Connecticut, with an average state tax of $1.72 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

October 20, 2020

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate today aims to improve access to quality health care for communities of color and decrease health disparities, such as those resulting in a disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in these communities. Additionally, it offers a path to increase the federal tobacco tax, including tax parity on other tobacco products like e-cigarettes, and improve access to lifesaving cessation services in Medicaid and private health plans.

October 14, 2020
Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore.— As ballots are mailed out today, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) urges Oregonians to vote yes on Measure 108. Measure 108 will raise the state’s cigarette tax by $2 per pack and tax e-cigarettes for the first time in Oregon. Jamie Dunphy, Oregon government

October 7, 2020
New York

The New York State Department of Health released statistics today showing that cancer patients and survivors still struggle with tobacco addiction. ACS CAN Senior New York Government Relations Director Julie Hart is calling for an increase in tobacco taxes and to use that revenue to fund the Tobacco Control Program.

September 25, 2020
Maine

Dear Governor Mills, Legislative Leaders and Members of the Joint Standing Committees on Appropriations and Financial Affairs, Health and Human Services, and Taxation: As organizations that represent public health professionals, health care providers and patients, including those with serious health conditions like cancer, heart and lung disease, which place them

Tobacco Taxes Resources

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.  

An increase in the federal cigarette excise tax of 94 cents per pack and a proportional tax increase on
other tobacco products have been proposed. These tax increases would produce significant public health
benefits and health care cost savings for the country.

This report from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and partners provides estimates of the public health, educational, social, and financial benefits for each state and the United States as a whole of the President’s proposal to increase the federal tobacco tax.