Missouri Tobacco Taxes

 

Missouri's cigarette tax is 17 cents per package, tied with West Virginia, for eighth lowest in the nation. [i]

Missouri collected $100 million in cigarette tax revenues and $142 million from tobacco settlement revenues in 2001, but none of these funds were used for tobacco use prevention. [ii]

Every state that has significantly raised tobacco taxes experienced increased state revenues and reduced tobacco sales. [iii]

State cigarette excise taxes range from 2½ cents per pack in VA to $1.51 per pack in Massachusetts. The average tobacco excise tax in the U.S. is 64 cents. i  

An increase in excise tax results in a reduction in cigarette consumption among low-income people and consequently lowers their risks for smoking related diseases. ii  
 


[i] Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, “State Excise Tax Rates & Ranking,” Jan. 16, 2003.

[ii] Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, "Facts on Cigarette Excise Taxes in Missouri," July 2002.

[iii] Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, "Raising Tobacco Taxes Always Raises State Revenues".

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