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Increase THe tax on Tobacco

Increasing the price of tobacco is one of the most effective ways to prevent young people from starting to use tobacco.  It has also been shown to help smokers cut down or quit.

Legislation proposed by Senator Harriette Chandler and Representative Marjorie Decker would increase the tax on cigarettes by $1.00, bringing it to a more reasonable $4.51, and would increase the tax on cigars from 40% of wholesale to 80% of wholesale.

The cigarette tax was last increased in 2013 (Fiscal Year 2014).  At the time, Massachusetts had the second-highest cigarette tax in the nation.  Now, we are lagging behind. 

Decades of evidence shows that increasing the cigarette and cigar taxes reduces the amount that people smoke and it also reduces the smoking rate. It's a longterm financial gain, saving some of the more than $4 billion in health care costs annually attributed to tobacco use in Massachusetts.

The impact of tobacco taxes is strongest on kids and teenagers. An increase in cigarette and cigar taxes will help prevent young people from starting to use these products. 

Status of this priority issue

Senator Harriette Chandler and Representative Marjorie Decker filed An Act protecting youth from nicotine addiction (Senate Bill 1809 and House Bill 2870, respectively). The bills were referred to the Joint Committee on Revenue on March 29, 2021.  A hearing on the bills was held on October 18, 2021.  Read Tobacco Free Mass' testimony.

This legislation would increase the tax on cigarettes by $1.00, bringing it to a more reasonable $4.51, and increase the tax on cigars from 40% of wholesale to 80% of wholesale.


Senator Harriette Chandler and Representative Marjorie Decker filed An Act protecting youth from nicotine addiction (Senate Bill 1809 and House Bill 2870, respectively). The bills were referred to the Joint Committee on Revenue on March 29, 2021. 


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