Cigarette Prices News, Mid July 2010

New York smokers react to new very high tax rates

Seneca Indians trying to get the government off their back about cigarettes

A list of the tobacco taxes for each state

European organizations trying to snuff out cigarette smuggling


People wouldn't smuggle cigarettes if the taxes weren't so high. In other news, people are trying to find away around the high taxes in some parts of the country, and their methods will get more inventive as long as the taxes remain elevated.


Cigarette Tax News July 8 2010, worldwide trend in raising cig prices

South Carolina, once the lowest taxed state for cigarettes in America is now raising their taxes

New York smokers getting around taxes by driving out of state

Cigarette taxes raised even in Palestine

Seneca Indians have another 2 weeks before ban on mailing cigarettes goes into effect

Cigarette black market in Canada grows from high taxes


There is clearly a world-wide trend in taxing cigarettes to provide funding to governments for their projects, and it doesn't seem like an end is in sight! Keep checking for more news!


Cigarette Taxes May 2010

Washington State - $1 tax increase per pack as of May 1, 2010!

- Taxes now over $3 per pack in Washington. A pack is well over $6 and possibly as much as $7 per pack in some locations.

Australia - Government jacks up taxes and requires plain packaging

- Same story down under, pay out your nose for your smokes.

Europe - Imperial Tobacco company raises prices to compete with taxes

- People stop smoking because of taxes, so the company has to raise prices even more to keep profits.

Oregon - Anti-tobacco activist on his organization's plans

"There is excellent research that clearly identifies what needs to be done to eliminate tobacco use. CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden recently said: "Smoke-free laws, hard-hitting ads and higher cigarette prices are among our strongest weapons in this fight against tobacco use.""


Apparently our choice to smoke tobacco doesn't matter, he wants to "eliminate tobacco use."

One has to wonder how much higher these taxes are going to go. A lot of the motivation comes from the government that wants taxes, and guys like this in the last link who want to stop all smoking. Fairness to smokers isn't important to them.



Cigarette price news, March 2010

Utah - Cig taxes going up $1

USA - The state of the tobacco industry in 2009

USA - Anti-smoking lobbies want to increase tobacco taxes more

UK - Anti-smoking charity wants 5% smoking tax increase, taxes are already heavy in the UK


It's pretty unlikely that any taxes on tobacco products will go down anytime soon. Since along with other taxes last year, they also heavily taxed roll-your-own cigarettes, it's not the same alternative it used to be. You can still pretty much halve your smoking costs will roll your own, though.


You don't have to buy premade cigarettes

A much less expensive alternative to buying premade, or cigarettes from the store is buying tobacco, cigarette tubes and a machine to put them together. Although last year, a bill went through that heavily raised the tax on roll-your-own tobacco, it's still much cheaper to smoke that way. Some people have reservations about RYO tobacco, but having smoked it for the last few months, it's just good or better than the tobacco and chemicals in premades.

You don't have to smoke roll your own tobacco in unfiltered papers like many think, smoke shops and online retailers sell tubes than can be stuffed full of tobacco, just like regular cigarettes.

There's a number of great online sellers, my favorite being: Lil Brown's Smoke Shack, but there's many others out there with a search on "roll your own tobacco". Give it a try if cigarette prices are taking too much out of your wallet.

Info links:

Stuff your own
RYO revolution
RYO revolution forums