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

August 1, 2019
Iowa

Iowa continues to fall short when it comes to passing legislation that prevents and reduces suffering and death from cancer. According to the latest edition of How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality, Iowa failed to measure up to policy recommendations in nearly all areas of tobacco control, including cigarette taxes.

August 1, 2019
Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo.—Wyoming continues to fall short on implementing policies and passing legislation to prevent and reduce cancer, according to a new report released today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). The annual “How Do You Measure Up? A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity

July 3, 2019
Maine

My name is Jake Warn and I’m a 19 year old from Winslow. I’d like to share my story – what I experienced in high school and I’m now seeing in college. E-cigarettes have completely taken over the school systems. When I was in high school, the bathrooms were filled

June 2, 2019
Illinois

Today, the Illinois General Assembly passed a $1-per-pack tax increase on cigarettes sold in Illinois, establishing a $2.98-per-pack tax on cigarettes and a 15% wholesale tax on e-cigarettes. In response, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and Respiratory Health Association issued the following statement:

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.