WASHINGTON, April 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FIRST TAX ON CIGARETTES
Profile America — Saturday, April 9th. This month in 1921, Iowa became the first state to enact a tax on cigarettes, rolling paper and associated paraphernalia. The tax was very modest, being just $1 per 1,000 cigarettes. Iowa today collects $1.36 per pack, ranking it just below the middle of states. The highest excise tax is levied by New York, a substantial $4.35. The lowest is found in Missouri — just 17 cents per pack. In 2014, state governments collected $17 billion in such taxes. Since 1997, the federal government has collected $157 billion in tobacco taxes. There are 29 cigarette manufacturers in the U.S., and some 134 cigarette brands on the market, with annual sales of over $31 billion. Profile America is completing its19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 2699
State cigarette tax rates/accessed 1/26/2016: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0097.pdf
Federal government collections/accessed 1/26/2016: http://www.transformtobacco.com/Pages/FederalTax.aspx
State government collections/accessed 1/26/2016: http://www.governing.com/gov-data/finance/state-sin-tax-collections-revenues.html
Cigarette brands/accessed 1/26/2016: http://www.revenue.nebraska.gov/cig/cig_alpha.html
Cigarette manufacturers/NAICS 312221: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2011_00A1&prodType=table
Cigarette revenues/NAICS 312221: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ASM_2011_31VS201&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau