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.
 

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January 13, 2021
Indiana

The Honorable Governor Eric Holcomb Indiana Statehouse, 2nd floor Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 Dear Governor Holcomb, As Indiana health care providers, we have witnessed the unprecedented burdens the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on the physical and emotional health of Hoosiers, and we are committed to working with your administration to safely

January 13, 2021
Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Health care providers from 22 organizations sent a letter to Gov. Eric Holcomb today urging him to prioritize a cigarette tax increase in the 2021 legislative session and increase investments in public health. The letter, signed by leaders of the 22 healthcare provider groups, said the

January 4, 2021
Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – As lawmakers dive into the new year, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) looks ahead to what public health initiatives our lawmakers can accomplish in the 2021 legislative session. Indiana has a long way to go regarding tobacco control policy and access to care

December 28, 2020
Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore.— Beginning Friday, January 1, 2021, the tax on cigarettes will increase by $2 per pack and e-cigarettes will be taxed for the first time in Oregon, after voters overwhelming approved Measure 108 in November 2020. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) was one of 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.