Pritzker Signs Law to Tax E-Cigarettes, Increase Cigarette Tax
(June 28, 2019) - SPRINGFIELD, Ill.
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Today, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 690 into law, which includes a statewide cigarette tax increase of $1.00 per pack and adds a 15 percent wholesale tax on e-cigarettes that will go into effect on July 1. This will establish a $2.98 per pack tax on cigarettes statewide and is estimated to generate $159.35 million in new annual revenue.
The American Lung Association applauds the state lawmakers and the Governor for passing a law that will make a tremendous impact on our state’s health.
“Tobacco taxes are proven to help people quit smoking, and have a direct impact on deterring young people from ever starting to use tobacco,” said Kathy Drea from the American Lung Association. “We are especially pleased with the tax on e-cigarettes, because every day more young people are becoming addicted to these deadly products. The increase in tobacco taxes is a great step forward, but there is still more that needs to be done to prevent teen tobacco use.”
The public also broadly supports increasing taxes on tobacco products. A poll administered in late April showed that 66 percent of respondents were in favor of a $1.00 per pack cigarette tax increase and 75 percent are in factor of raising other tobacco products like e-cigarettes.
Increasing the Illinois cigarette cost by $1.00 per pack is estimated to generate $159.35 million in new annual revenue for the state as well as:
- Reduce youth smoking by 11 percent.
- Prevent 28,700 kids under 18 from becoming adults who smoke.
- Help 48,700 adults who currently smoke quit.
- Prevent 21,000 premature smoking-caused deaths.
- Provide $1.56 billion in long-term health care cost savings from adult and youth smoking declines.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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