Reducing Tobacco Use Through Increased
Increasing tobacco excise taxes is one of the
most effective ways to reduce youth smoking because they are more sensitive to
price increases. The Missouri Partnership on Smoking or Health fully supports
increasing Missouri's Excise Tax.
Studies show that higher tobacco taxes will provide an
incentive for lower and middle income smokers to quit. Also when funding
generated by tobacco tax increases is dedicated to tobacco use prevention and
cessation, tobacco use by both youth and adults is dramatically reduced.
Missouri's Excise Tax (149.015 RSMo) passed
in 1993 is 17 cents per pack of cigarettes, ninth lowest in the nation.
According to Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids the nations average tobacco tax is
61 cents per pack.
Recently, through Proposition A, there was a
movement to try to increase the excise tax 55 cents and to dedicate funding to
improve health care treatment and access, increase hospital trauma and emergency
preparedness, promote life science research, tobacco use prevention and
cessation, and early childhood care and education. The initiative was narrowly
In Missouri, local communities cannot pass or
increase their tobacco excise taxes (communities that had tobacco excise taxes
before the state law was passed) because of preemptive language in state excise
Back to top