Tobacco Tax

Increasing Cigarette and Tobacco Product Taxes

The American Lung Association strongly supports efforts in states and local communities to increase taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products. Increased cigarette taxes are a proven way to reduce smoking especially among youth. Every 10 percent increase in the price of cigarettes reduces consumption by about 4 percent among adults and about 7 percent among youth.1

The revenue from tobacco tax increases can and should be used to fund state tobacco control programs.

The Lung Association has had great success over the past decade as 47 states and the District of Columbia have increased their cigarette taxes since 2002, many more than once. The average state cigarette tax was $1.49 per pack as of January 2013.


1. Tauras JA, O’Malley PM, Johnston LD, “Effects of Price and Access Laws on Teenage Smoking Initiation: A National Longitudinal Analysis,” Bridging the Gap Research, ImpacTeen, April 2001. Available at: