Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

Tobacco Excise Tax Increase

During August 2006, in anticipation of the 2007 legislative session, ACHI was instrumental in starting the Step-Up Coalition. This coalition consists of 30 health and other organizations interested in advancing further policies to stop tobacco use. The coalition's primary focus was to secure an increase in the tobacco excise tax, an evidence-based strategy that reduces tobacco use particularly among youth. The coalition was successful in organizing traditional and non-traditional partners and garnered substantial support within the legislature.

During the next legislative session in 2009, ACHI and the Step-Up Coalition members facilitated and contributed to dialogue in the 87th Arkansas General Assembly about the critical issue of tobacco cessation. The resulting passage of Act 180 of 2009 implemented a significant tobacco tax increase—a 56-cent tax increase for cigarettes and increase in the sales tax on other tobacco products from 32% to 68%. That brought the state’s cigarette tax to a total of $1.15 per pack.

This tobacco excise tax is deposited as general revenue and used to fund nearly two dozen health priorities, including a much needed trauma system.


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Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
1401 West Capitol
Suite 300 (Victory Building)
Little Rock, AR 72201