Taxation

  • More than 40 states have cigarette taxes.  Although research suggests that a 10 percent increase in cigarette taxes can reduce consumption by three to five percent in the short term, a less noble reason law makers favor such taxation is to reduce the deficits in state budgets.
  • Recently, financially strapped state governments have begun to reconsider tax free sales of cigarettes on Indian reservations.  Are cigarette taxes imposed primarily to reduce smoking or are governments more concerned about bringing in revenue?

Dick Locher
Chicago Tribune
1994

Dwayne Powell
The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina)
June 3, 1992

Dana Summers
The Dallas Morning News
March 28, 1993

Dunlap Shohl
Anchorage Daily News (Anchorage, Alaska)
April 20, 1994

Jim Borgman
Comic Relief
July 1997

Herb Block
The Washington Post
1998

Joel Pett
March 29, 1997

Herb Block
The Washington Post
1995

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