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 www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane’s Famous First Facts, 2699
State cigarette tax rates: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0097.pdf
Government collections: http://www.rjrt.com/taxpays.aspx
Cigarette brands: http://www.revenue.nebraska.gov/cig/cig_alpha.html
Cigarette manufacturers/NAICS 312221: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2011_00A1&prodType=table
Cigarette revenues/NAICS 312221: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ASM_2011_31VS201&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau.