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 $4.35 in New York, with an average state tax of $1.65 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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February 6, 2017
New Mexico

Nearly a hundred cancer patients, survivors and caregivers from across the state rode the rails on a whistle stop-style campaign train ride to the state Capitol in Santa Fe today to meet with lawmakers and gain support for cancer-fighting policies.

January 31, 2017
New Mexico

The long overdue increase in the tobacco tax will keep thousands of New Mexico kids from smoking, help thousands of adults quit, save the state millions spent on health care, and raise millions more in needed revenue.

January 30, 2017
Ohio

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Michelle Zimmerman American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Phone: 740.525.9577 (cell) E-mail: Michelle.Zimmerman@cancer.org Ohio Health Advocacy Organizations React to Governor’s Budget Columbus, Ohio – January 30, 2017 – This statement can be attributed to five of the leading health advocacy organizations: American Cancer

January 30, 2017
Ohio

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Michelle Zimmerman American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Phone: 740.525.9577 (cell) E-mail: Michelle.Zimmerman@cancer.org Ohio Health Advocacy Organizations React to Governor’s Budget Columbus, Ohio – January 30, 2017 – This statement can be attributed to five of the leading health advocacy organizations: American Cancer

Tobacco Taxes Resources

The economic model developed jointly by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (TFK) and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) 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.

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.