Cigarettes are one of the most heavily taxed consumer products in the United States. Federal, state and local governments collect more money from the sale of cigarettes than retailers, wholesalers, farmers and manufacturers combined.
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Here are some of the facts about tobacco taxes today:
- Federal excise taxes - $15,101,077,000 - State and local excise taxes - $17,781,272,000 - State cigarette sales taxes - $4,240,744,000- Tobacco settlement payments - $7,088,376,000
- Since 2001, 48 states have increased tobacco taxes. - Since 2000, federal taxes on a pack of cigarettes have increased 197 percent.- Since 1998, the average cost of a pack of cigarettes has more than doubled (from $2.09 to $5.55).
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Sources: Tax Burden on Tobacco, Historical Compilation, Vol 46, Orzechowski and Walker, Arlington, VA, 2011; Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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