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

March 13, 2019
New Mexico

An amendment filed Tuesday to House Bill 6 will severely undercut efforts to combat Big Tobacco in New Mexico, where more than 28 percent of all cancer deaths can be attributed to its products.

February 28, 2019
Wisconsin

Today, Gov. Tony Evers released his budget plan, which included funding for tobacco prevention and the state’s Well Woman program for breast and cervical cancer screenings, as well as a tax on e-cigarettes. He also announced his commitment to increasing access to Wisconsin’s Medicaid program. In response, Sara Sahli, Wisconsin government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, released the following statement:

February 26, 2019
Iowa

Recently, the House of Representatives took a stand for Iowans’ health and introduced a bill to increase the state cigarette tax by $1.50. I’d like to thank our local lawmakers who co-sponsored this measure, including Reps. Rob Bacon, Beth Wessel-Kroeschell and Lisa Heddens. Tobacco use is still the number-one cause

February 21, 2019
Nebraska

Lincoln, Neb., – February 21, 2019 – Public health advocates from across the state traveled to the Nebraska State Capitol today to call on the Legislature to prioritize the 2,500 Nebraskans who will die from smoking this year. The visit was part of Tobacco Prevention Day at the Capitol, which

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.  

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) supports a comprehensive approach to tobacco control that includes significantly increasing excise taxes on all forms of tobacco.

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.