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

June 6, 2018
District Of Columbia

Check out this article in the Washington Informer that highlights our ACS CAN State Lead Ambassador for the District of Columbia, Brandon Huges speaking about the $2.00 tobacco tax passing. #RaiseIt4health

May 31, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio – May 31, 2018 – Today is World No Tobacco Day and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is taking the opportunity to remind Ohio lawmakers it has been 25-years since the tax on other tobacco products (OTP) including flavored cigars, smokeless tobacco, large

May 28, 2018
District Of Columbia

On May 29th, D.C. Council passed the $2 per pack cigarette tax! Some of the revenue will be used for smoking cessation programs and to implement raising the minimal sales age for tobacco products to 21. Thank you to to the D.C. Council for passing this important legislation. A special

May 9, 2018
District Of Columbia

On April 9, 2018 advocates from ACS CAN, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids are at the Wilson Building meeting with council members and their staff to urge their support for a $2 tax on cigarettes. #RaiseIt4health

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.