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.
 

Latest Updates

September 19, 2017
District Of Columbia

A coalition of leading public health organizations praised Councilmember Vincent Gray’s proposal for increasing the District’s cigarette tax by $2 per pack and designating a portion of the revenue to critical tobacco prevention and cessation programs. Experts say the measure will decrease youth smoking in the District by 21.1 percent.

August 29, 2017
Connecticut

Hartford, CT – The following statement can be attributed to Bryte Johnson, director of government relations in Connecticut for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. “The proposed tobacco tax increases included in the latest House Democratic budget plan will have little to no positive impact on public health. Small

August 3, 2017

A majority of states are missing critical opportunities to pass and implement legislative solutions proven to prevent and fight cancer, according to the 15th annual How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality.

June 30, 2017
Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA – June 30, 2017 – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network opposes House Bill 1477 which would lower the tax on e-cigarettes from 40 percent of the wholesale price to a 5 cents/mL tax and would exclude these products from the definition of tobacco products and exclude

Tobacco Taxes Resources

This report from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and partners provides estimates of the public health, educational, social, and financial benefits for each state and the United States as a whole of the President’s proposal to increase the federal tobacco tax.

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