The average state cigarette tax, combined with the federal tax, totaled $2.54 per pack, as of December 2013. That surpasses RWJF’s 2015 goal of $2.25 per pack.
Dates of Project: July 2007 through March 2013
Description: The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids conducted communications and advocacy work to inform local, state and federal policies designed to increase cigarette taxes and promote smoke-free indoor air. Activities included polling, disseminating reports and fact sheets, stimulating media attention, and developing and placing media and direct mail advertising.
During the approximate time period covered by this project, the following gains in tobacco control and smoke-free air laws were registered:
- The average state cigarette tax, combined with the federal cigarette tax, increased from $1.39 a pack at the end of 2006 to $2.54 a pack at the end of 2013.
- Almost half of U.S. residents lived in areas covered by comprehensive state or local smoke-free laws for all workplaces, including bars and restaurants, at the end of 2013. That is nearly double the number covered when the project began.
- Smoking rates for high school students declined from 20.0 percent in 2007 to 18.1 percent in 2011, according to the CDC.
- Smoking rates for adults declined from 19.8 percent in 2007 to 19 percent in 2011. (Preliminary CDC data for 2012 shows a further decline to 18%.)