Sunday, August 30, 2009
On Tuesday the sales tax on cigarettes goes up another 75 cents taking the state tax to $2.52 per pack, comes less than two years after a $1 per pack increase in 2008. In April, federal cigarette taxes went up 62 cents to $1.01 per pack.
Taxes on other tobacco products are also going up Tuesday in Wisconsin. The chewing tobacco tax goes up to 100 percent of the manufacturer's wholesale price and the tax on other tobacco products, including cigars and pipe tobacco, goes from 50 percent to 71 percent of the wholesale price. The amount of the tax will vary depending on the price of each product: the cheaper the tobacco or cigar, the less the tax. However, the tax on cigars is capped at no more than 50 cents per cigarNow.
According to the article linked above we go from 16th to 5th nationally in rank.
What I'm not sure of is if this tax is to help people quit or to raise cash for the state. it can't do both.