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

February 6, 2017
New Mexico

Nearly a hundred cancer patients, survivors and caregivers from across the state rode the rails on a whistle stop-style campaign train ride to the state Capitol in Santa Fe today to meet with lawmakers and gain support for cancer-fighting policies.

January 31, 2017
New Mexico

The long overdue increase in the tobacco tax will keep thousands of New Mexico kids from smoking, help thousands of adults quit, save the state millions spent on health care, and raise millions more in needed revenue.

January 30, 2017
Ohio

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Michelle Zimmerman American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Phone: 740.525.9577 (cell) E-mail: Michelle.Zimmerman@cancer.org Ohio Health Advocacy Organizations React to Governor’s Budget Columbus, Ohio – January 30, 2017 – This statement can be attributed to five of the leading health advocacy organizations: American Cancer

January 30, 2017
Ohio

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Michelle Zimmerman American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Phone: 740.525.9577 (cell) E-mail: Michelle.Zimmerman@cancer.org Ohio Health Advocacy Organizations React to Governor’s Budget Columbus, Ohio – January 30, 2017 – This statement can be attributed to five of the leading health advocacy organizations: American Cancer

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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