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MMWR: State Cigarette Excise Taxes

Friday, April 30, 2010  
State Cigarette Excise Taxes --- United States, 2009
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR. April 9, 2010;59(13):385-388.

This report contains analysis of cigarette excise tax legislation enacted during 2009. While 15 states (including DC) increased state excise taxes on cigarettes, increasing the national mean from $1.18 per pack in 2008 to $1.34 per pack in 2009, none of the states dedicated any of the tax revenue by statute to tobacco control. For the first time two states (Connecticut and Rhode Island) have state excise taxes above $3.00 per pack. The authors conclude that additional increases in cigarette excise taxes, and dedication of all resulting revenues to tobacco control and prevention programs at levels recommended by CDC, could result in further reductions in smoking and associated death and disease.

California, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Carolina remain the only states that have not increased their state cigarette excise tax in the past decade. South Carolina's cigarette excise tax of $0.07 per pack has not increased since 1977. Missouri and North Dakota have not raised the state cigarette excise tax ($0.17 and $0.44 per pack, respectively) since 1993, and California has not raised its $0.87 per pack tax since 1998.

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