Massachusetts Passes Historic Tobacco Tax Increase

Shortly, Massachusetts will be home to the second highest cigarette tax in the country. This honor comes after the state legislature passed a $1 increase to the state’s cigarette tax last week as part of a larger transportation bill. The increase will bring Massachusetts’ tax to $3.51 a pack.

Research has shown that significant and consistent increases in tobacco taxes are the most effective way to reduce smoking rates and help prevent kids from starting the deadly habit. Just how effective will the Massachusetts tax increase be? ACS CAN estimates that the $1 increase will save an estimated 15,500 lives in Massachusetts and keep approximately 27,200 kids from becoming addicted adult smokers. We also expect that nearly 25,000 adult smokers will quit.

The Massachusetts legislature also increased the excise tax on other tobacco products, such as cigars and smokeless alternatives, to the highest in the country. This is incredibly important because as cigarette taxes have increased across the country, tobacco companies are using deceptive marketing to lure youth to lower-priced alternatives such as cigars, snus and newer products such as dissolvable orbs. Ensuring that other tobacco products are taxed at a rate at least as high as cigarettes helps curb youth usage.

Thirty-five people a day die from cancer in Massachusetts, and nearly 30 percent of those deaths are directly attributable to tobacco use. This historic tobacco tax increase will have a tremendous public health benefit for the people of Massachusetts, and it sets an example for all states to consider a tobacco tax increase as a reliable means to save lives, reduce health care costs and invest in critical health programs. Congratulations to ACS CAN staff and volunteers in Massachusetts for their hard work in securing this huge legislative victory!

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7 Comments
  • Posted by Anonymous  on August 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    screw u ass

  • Posted by Gary Keating  on August 2, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Bull that the legislature voted the tax increase to save lives. They voted the tax increase to fund their continuously bloated budgets. The new revenue does not go to health related issues. It goes into funding other programs. So don’t lie and say otherwise.

  • Posted by tracee giannette  on July 30, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I think if they do this increase..they should also provide residents with a free quit program….most of the products on market are extremly expansive….it would help tremendously!

  • Posted by Backflip Jack  on July 30, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I legit hate this state more and more every passing day.

  • Posted by sprouts  on July 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I agree with both comments below. Look at the statement that it will decrease the amount of smoker’s. The state raised the tax to pay for transportation improvements ( check the state website ).If the estimated 25,000 people quite smoking,
    what are they going to do to compensate for the lost revenue, that are counting on ? It is based on the current amount of smokers ? It is defiantly a good reason to drive a few miles and save allot. Now the money you spend goes to another state, and Mass gets nothing. Good deal for bordering states.

  • Posted by Anonymous  on July 26, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Great, one more reason to buy out of state.

  • Posted by Matt Menard  on July 5, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Fuck you with your support of this!!!!!!!! Mind your own fucking business!!!! Take on the fat asses of the country, or those who ski, ride bikes or any other activity that CAN kill.

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