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

April 24, 2019

Approximately 100 cancer survivors, caregivers and their families from across the state will gather in Springfield next week to ask lawmakers to support cancer-fighting public policies.

April 22, 2019

The following letter was published in the Omaha World Herald on April 21, 2019.

April 11, 2019

By Matt Murphy STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 10, 2019.....Attorney General Maura Healey joined the growing number of elected officials to call for taxing e-cigarettes and banning flavored vaping products on Wednesday, the same day House leaders said they needed more time to consider whether to tax

April 10, 2019

Columbus, OH– April 10, 2019 – Nearly 100 cancer patients, survivors and caregivers from across the state traveled to the state capitol in Columbus today to meet with Ohio’s lawmakers about the need to properly fund the state’s Tobacco Use Cessation and Prevention Program, raising the age of sale

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.