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 16, 2018

COLUMBUS, OH – April 16, 2018 – State legislators will hear firsthand from cancer patients and survivors tomorrow during Cancer Awareness Day at the Capitol. The day-long gathering organized by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) draws cancer advocates from around the state to urge lawmakers

April 4, 2018

Denver, Colo. (April 3, 2018) – Basalt voters passed Ballot Question A on the April 3 ballot, which will increase the tax on cigarettes by $2 per pack and institute a local tax of 40 percent on the sales price of other tobacco products. RJ Ours, Colorado government relations director

April 2, 2018

Frankfort, KY – April 2, 2018 – The following statement can be attributed to four leading health advocacy organizations: American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “The legislature missed an opportunity to reduce the toll of tobacco in Kentucky

March 28, 2018

In response to the bill that would raise Oklahoma’s cigarette tax by $1 per pack, a coalition of leading national, state and local health organizations issued the following statement.

Tobacco Taxes Resources

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.

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.