Higher Taxes = Less Smoking

In State News on June 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm

A newly published review by CDC found that last year, 14 states and D.C. increased their state cigarette excise taxes. The national average state excise tax increased from $1.18 per pack in 2008 to $1.34 per pack in 2009. At the end of 2009, cigarette excise taxes ranged from 7 cents per pack in South Carolina to $3.46 per pack in Rhode Island.

None of the 15 states that raised their cigarette excise taxes in 2009 dedicated any of the new revenues to tobacco control. States can further reduce cigarette use by investing a portion of excise tax revenues in tobacco prevention and control efforts.

Indiana’s tax is 99.5 cents and is below the national average of $1.34. Indiana did not raise taxes in 2008 or 2009 and there is no amount of tax revenue designated for tobacco control programming.

Increasing cigarette excise taxes is one of the most reliable, cost-effective tobacco control policies. Higher taxes directly increase cigarette prices and reduce cigarette use, which in turn decreases smoking-related diseases, death, and health care costs.


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