Cigarette Prices Increase with New Federal Tax

Arizona Silver Belt
By Janette Kimbrough
March 31, 2009

GLOBE, AZ – Today may be April Fool’s Day, but it’s no joke about the cost of tobacco products increasing which goes into effect today. In Arizona, with the new federal tax increase, the cost of a pack of cigarettes will increase to between $8-$10 per pack.

According to Stephen Michael, MS, Director of the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine), “higher cost is a pretty big motivator to quit. In Arizona, a smoker will pay about $4,380 a year to smoke a pack and a half of cigarettes per day.”

Health care for smokers in the state is high, the state paying out about $3.6 million per day, or $150,000 per hour.

The tax being added to tobacco products will be a 62-cent increase on the federal tax level. The new tax will include “little cigars” and will add an additional cost of $1.01 per pack. Because the little cigars have been cheaper, they have been more appealing to the children.

The new tax rates on tobacco products are as follows:

Cigarettes: from 39 cents to $1 per pack
Cigarette papers: from 1.22 cents to 3.13 cents per 50 papers
Cigarette tubes: from 2.44 cents to 6.26 center per 50 tubes
Smokeless Tobacco: from 58.5 cents to $1.50 per pound
Chewing Tobacco: from 19.5 cents to 50 cents per pound
Pipe Tobacco: from $1.09 to $2.81 per pound
Roll-your-own tobacco: from $1.09 to $24.62 per pound
Small cigars: from 4 cents to $1 per pack.

The cost of a premium pack of cigarettes in the state of Arizona effective today will be $7.50-$8 per pack, plus state tax of $2, plus the new federal tax increasing to $1.01, according to these estimated a single pack of cigarettes can increase well to over $10 per pack.

With the price increase, now is the prefect time to quit smoking. The Arizona Smokers’ Helpline offers effective, research-based services to Arizona residents through personalized telephone coaching available in English and Spanish. On their website located at you can find a series of modules that will help develop individualized plans to help you quit. ASHLine is a partner of the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Tobacco Education and Prevention. The toll-free number is 1-800-55-66-222.

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