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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November 17, 2021
Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Cancer patients and survivors across the state are marking the American Cancer Society’s 46th annual Great American Smokeout tomorrow by calling on elected officials to protect the health of all Hoosiers by implementing strong tobacco control legislation. “The Great American Smokeout is about helping people quit, and

November 17, 2021
West Virginia

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November 4, 2021
Michigan

LANSING, MI – “Today, Gov. Whitmore signed into law legislation capping the tax on premium cigars at 50 cents per cigar. The Michigan legislature has again put Big Tobacco above the health of Michiganders by giving the industry a tax break. It is important that tobacco taxes apply to all

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.