Federal tax on cigarettes increasing 62 cents Anti-tobacco advocates welcome hike of nearly 62 cents; smokers irked By Shari Rudavsky Posted: March 12, 2009Read Comments(179)Recommend (1)E-mail Print Share Del.icio.us Digg Reddit Yahoo Google A A Smokers looking for another incentive to quit just received about 62 cents' worth of one: the increase in the federal tax on cigarettes. In Indiana, about $1 in federal tax will combine with the state's 99.5-cent tax to bring the average cost of a pack of cigarettes to near $5 by April 1. Anti-tobacco advocates welcome the increase, saying it will likely lead to a further reduction in cigarette sales. "Any time that there's an increase in the price of tobacco at the retail level, that translates to people trying to quit," said Karla Sneegas, executive director of Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation. "Everyone is definitely watching their costs very closely, and this is a great way to save money for your family." Ten months after a state tax increase, Indiana saw cigarette sales decline by 17.8 percent. The 61.66-cent federal cigarette tax increase could lead to 27,600 fewer adult smokers in Indiana, according to an estimate from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Not only will the increase persuade smokers to quit, it also may prevent youths from picking up the habit, said Liza Sumpter, tobacco control program manager for the Marion County Health Department. Unlike other cigarette tax hikes, this one includes increases for other tobacco products, including "little cigars" or "brown cigarettes," frequent substitutions for cigarettes, Sneegas said. "We were encouraged to see that, because when you increase one product . . . you don't want to drive people to another tobacco product," she said. At the Puff & Chew on Indianapolis' Eastside, Sondra Cooper already has seen a decline in business. The price for a carton of Marlboros at her store recently rose from $39.99 to $47. Federal tax on cigarettes increasing 62 cents | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star Since Government has deemed it necessary to tax the hell out of tobacco, I want to know when it will start taxing the hell out of unhealthy food. Obesity is a much bigger problem and is adding much more to our healthcare costs than tobacco. So when the hell are they going to start adding a $4 tax to every fast food meal? When are they going to place a $1 tax on every candy bar? I don't eat junk food. I rarely eat fast food. But I do smoke. I want to know when all the fatass slobs will have to pay their fair share. Big Brother is there to help us all quit smoking by taxing the hell out of tobacco; so when is Big Brother going to start taxing the fat asses? I propose that all Frito Lay products be taxed $2. Krispy Creme Donuts should be taxed $1 each. All meals from McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell, KFC, and any other fast food joint should be taxed $4. Oh, and that Bloomin Onion from The Outback should be taxed $10. If it isn't healthy, then it should be taxed just like tobacco and alcohol. Hell, if they taxed all foods that are bad for us, it would probably pay for national healthcare. And since the government is into sin taxes, the time is here to start taxing all the sin foods. Maybe then, some of these fat asses who drive up our healthcare costs will pay their fair share.