Tobacco Taxes


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

March 18, 2020

Today, the Maryland Legislature passed HB732, which included line items for increasing state tobacco taxes and earmarked $18.25 million toward tobacco prevention and cessation programs. The approved tax will include a $1.75-per-pack cigarette tax increase and increases in tax on some types of other tobacco products.

March 6, 2020

ATLANTA, GA – March 5, 2020 – Yesterday, the House Ways & Means Committee passed HB 864, advancing legislation that would reduce tobacco taxes on certain products by half and fail to adequately tax e-cigarettes amidst talks to significantly increase Georgia’s dangerously low tobacco taxes. The statement below is

February 20, 2020

Lansing, MI – Recently, a group of Senators introduced a package of bills dealing with e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. Andrew Schepers, director of government relations in Michigan for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), made the following statement in reaction. “ACS CAN acknowledges that Michigan lawmakers

February 19, 2020

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot issued the final report yesterday from the Task Force on Electronic Smoking Devices, outlining the task force’s recommendations to reduce youth e-cigarette use. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) determined that the plan misses the mark in terms seeing worthwhile results.

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.