WASHINGTON, April 11, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FIRST TAX ON CIGARETTES
Profile America — Saturday, April 11th. On this date 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 about in 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. Since 1998, governments at all levels, including federal, have collected over a half-trillion dollars in tobacco taxes and fines. There are 29 cigarette manufacturers in the U.S., and some 142 cigarette brands on the market, with annual sales of over $31 billion. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 2699
State cigarette tax rates: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0097.pdf
Government collections: http://www.rjrt.com/taxpays.aspx
Cigarette brands: 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 Promotions 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 "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau