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

January 9, 2018

Working together, we can convince lawmakers in Virginia that fighting cancer should be a top priority. Our elected leaders make critical decisions that affect cancer-related programs and issues. With your help, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is leading the fight to conquer cancer at the State

January 8, 2018
New Mexico

Senate Bill 25, filed by Sen. Howie Morales (D-28), would 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.

December 4, 2017

In its final meeting of the year today, the Joint Revenue Committee voted 8-7 to introduce a bill in the 2018 legislative session that will increase the state's tobacco tax by $1 per pack of cigarettes with an equal tax on all other tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco.

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.

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.