cigarette tax is 17 cents per package, tied with West Virginia, for
eighth lowest in the nation.
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.
that has significantly raised tobacco taxes experienced increased state
revenues and reduced tobacco sales.
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.
An increase in
excise tax results in a reduction in cigarette consumption among
low-income people and consequently lowers their risks for smoking
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, “State Excise Tax Rates &
Ranking,” Jan. 16, 2003.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, "Facts on
Cigarette Excise Taxes in Missouri," July 2002.
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, "Raising Tobacco Taxes Always
Raises State Revenues".