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, 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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March 16, 2017

Cancer survivors, caregivers and health professionals will ask their legislators to put patients and prevention first as the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Hawaii-Pacific holds its annual Day at the Capitol.

March 9, 2017
New Mexico

Legislation to raise the state’s cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack and impose an equivalent tax on other tobacco products including cigars, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes, passed the state Senate on a vote of 24-16 on Wednesday.

March 9, 2017

ACS CAN volunteers will meet with their senators Tuesday, March 14, for the annual Day at the Capitol and will discuss three bills crucial to the health of Nebraska.

March 8, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – March 8, 2017 – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) recently honored New Albany resident Mary Kost with its Advocacy Volunteer of the Year award at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. The award recognizes the exemplary efforts of an individual who helps

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.

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.