Category: Cigarette Taxes

More States Voting for Higher Tobacco Taxes

Four states will vote on whether to raise their tobacco tax in November: California (by $2), Colorado ($1.75), North Dakota ($1.76) and Missouri (15 cents). California currently has one of the lowest cigarette taxes...

Rising Taxes

New Taxes for Smokers Keep on Coming

All across the nation, states continue to chase after much-need revenue by taxing smokers. Three-and-a-half years after California voters rejected a $1-per-pack increase in the state’s cigarette tax, Big Tobacco and health advocates are...

A tax increase you can really sink your teeth into

A tax increase you can really sink your teeth into

There is legislation in Congress right now that would send taxes on tobacco products absolutely skyrocketing yet again. An excerpt from S. 1403 (The IDEA Full Funding Act) is posted below. You will notice...

Utah Lawmakers OK $1 per pack cigarette tax hike

Utah Lawmakers OK $1 per pack cigarette tax hike

The Utah Legislature has given final approval to a $1 per pack increase to the state’s cigarette tax, sending the measure to Gov. Gary Herbert. Bill Phelps, spokesman for Altria Client Services, the parent...

Obama Signs Federal Cigarette Tax Hike

Obama Signs Federal Cigarette Tax Hike

President Barak Obama signed the Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, providing a major expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to provide health insurance to moderate-income families and illegal aliens. This...

A Little Hypocrisy Goes a Long Way

A Little Hypocrisy Goes a Long Way

Writing in the Campaign for Liberty blog, Anthony Gregory said in his article, When Hypocrisy Matters… A little hypocrisy is ubiquitous in nearly any society, but the issue of government always raises the stakes...

Taxing Smokers to Pay for Children’s Health Insurance

Taxing Smokers to Pay for Children’s Health Insurance

A recent strategy many smokers have turned to in order to reduce their cost of smoking is to buy a “roll your own” machine that is dramatically cheaper than buying packs of cigarettes. They...

Second-hand Smoke

Second-hand Smoke

Is second-hand smoke a rationale for higher taxes on tobacco or smoking bans? The research used to justify government regulation of second-hand smoke has been powerfully challenged by critics, including Congress’s own research bureau....

Social Costs of Smoking

Social Costs of Smoking

Are high taxes on cigarettes justified by the social costs smokers impose on the rest of society? No. Harvard Professor Kip Viscusi has repeatedly demonstrated that smokers already pay more in excise taxes than...

Taxing Smokers

Taxing Smokers

Cigarettes are already the most heavily taxed commodity in the U.S. The federal excise tax is $0.39 a pack and the national average state excise tax is about $0.60 per pack, for a total...

Higher Tobacco Taxes Hurt Business

Higher Tobacco Taxes Hurt Business

Kansas is currently considering a cigarette tax increase proposal of 50¢ per pack followed by 4 cent increases in each of the subsequent 5 years. If passed, the Kansas cigarette tax would rise from...

State Tax Corruption in Washington

State Tax Corruption in Washington

If it were anybody other than the State of Washington (or other state government) doing this sort of price fixing, they would be sitting in jail. How is it that “We The People” allow...

Please Don’t Poop in My Salad

Please Don’t Poop in My Salad

In July 2006, The Heartland Institute published Please Don’t Poop in My Salad–a collection of essays and presentations written by Heartland President Joseph Bast during the past several years concerning taxes and regulations imposed...

Congress Wants Smokers to Help Fund the New World Order

Congress Wants Smokers to Help Fund the New World Order

On October 3, 2007, President Bush vetoed H.R. 976, a bill passed by Congress that would have expanded the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) program by $35 billion because he believed the bill...

Unfair Taxation is Discriminatory

Unfair Taxation is Discriminatory

Nebraska is the latest state to send out taxation notices to smokers. According to the Beatrice Daily Sun the state of Nebraska has sent letters to more than 500 residents telling them they owe...