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.
 

Latest Updates

April 13, 2021
Maine

PORTLAND, ME – Today, state legislators heard from cancer and cardiovascular patients, survivors, and public health advocates during Maine’s virtual Tobacco Action Day . Even though the advocates could not travel to the capitol this year, they made their voices heard through virtual meetings, phone calls and social media. The

April 1, 2021
Georgia

ATLANTA, GA – April 1, 2021 – On the Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids’ Take Down Tobacco Day National Day of Action and in lightof the end of the Georgia session yesterday, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) reflects on the efforts of lawmakers to enact protective

March 5, 2021
New York

ACS CAN and several other organizations have sent a letter to the New York State Senate Leadership asking for an increase in the tobacco tax.

March 5, 2021
New York

Several organizations have joined with ACS CAN on a letter to ask Assembly Leadership for support of a tobacco tax increase.

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.

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