State Cigarette Taxes: Can States Count on Revenue?
A new CSG Capitol Facts and Figures examines state cigarette taxes.
Raising cigarette taxes has twin benefits for states: they do get an immediate infusion of new revenues and tax increases are a proven means to reduce the number of smokers in a state. Since 2009, tobacco taxes increased in 19 states and Washington, D.C. Four states acted just this year: New Mexico, New York, Utah and Washington.
However, Stateline reports that states are also finding that across time reduced smoking rates are leading to declining revenues from cigarette taxes as well as smaller tobacco settlement payments.
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