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.

Latest Updates

November 16, 2017

November 16 is the 42nd annual American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. Wyoming cancer advocates mark the day by urging the Legislature to pass a $1 tobacco tax increase in 2018.

November 16, 2017

More than 20 health organizations gathered at the State Capitol today to urge lawmakers to increase the cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack with a parallel increase on other tobacco products. The event was held on the 41 st anniversary of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout.

November 15, 2017
District Of Columbia

This morning ACS CAN Government Relations Director, Bonita Pennino spoke on the Great Day Washington Show WUSA-TV9 about the Smoking and Cessation Fund Amendment Action to prevent youth from starting to smoke and to help those who smoke quit for good. Exactly what the Great American Smoke Out is all

October 26, 2017

Hartford, CT – October 26, 2017 – The following statement can be attributed to Bryte Johnson, director of government relations in Connecticut for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). “The legislature missed an opportunity to reduce the toll of tobacco on Connecticut by increasing tobacco taxes by

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.