Taxes on cigarettes


On this date in 1921, Iowa became the first state to enact a tax on cigarettes, rolling paper and associated paraphernalia. The tax was very modest, being just $1 per 1,000 cigarettes.  Iowa today collects $1.36 per pack, ranking it about in the middle of states. The highest excise tax is levied by New York, a substantial $4.35. The lowest is found in Missouri — just 17 cents per pack. Since 1998, governments at all levels, including federal, have collected over a half-trillion dollars in tobacco taxes and fines. There are 29 cigarette manufacturers in the U.S., and some 142 cigarette brands on the market, with annual sales of over $31 billion. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at

Sources: Kane’s Famous First Facts, 2699
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Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau.

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