Key Researchers


Overview of Cigarette Taxes and Pricing


Frank Chaloupka, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Review Panel: William Evans, Ph.D., University of Maryland, Matthew Farrelly, Ph.D., Research Triangle Institute, John Tauras, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Introduction: Over the past few years, all but a few states and several communities have adopted substantial increases in cigarette and other tobacco product excise taxes.

These tax increases have raised many questions about their role in reducing the health and other consequences of tobacco use; the impact of increased cigarette smuggling and other tax evasion activities on cigarette tax revenues; their economic impact; and their impact on smoking behaviors (particularly in high-risk populations such as youth, young adults, and pregnant women).

During the last ten years, SAPRP has funded 24 studies examining a variety of issues related to cigarette and other tobacco product taxation and pricing.

Date Updated : Aug. 2009
Original Date: Jul. 2007

Chaloupka, F.J.; Tobacco Taxes and Pricing Knowledge Asset, Web site created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Substance Abuse Policy Research Program; August 2009.,

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