Governor passes cigarette tax


ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Friday, Governor Pritzker signed a law increasing the tax on cigarettes to $1 per pack and adding a 15% wholesale tax on e-cigarettes. The changes go into effect Monday.

It means packs of cigarettes will now be taxed at $2.98 statewide. The move is expected to generate more than $159.3 million in new annual revenue.

The American Lung Association applauds lawmakers and Rauner for passing the law sure to have a tremendous impact on residents’ health.

Increasing the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1 is estimated to generate $159.35 million in new annual revenue for the state, as well as:

  • Reduce youth smoking by 11 percent
  • Prevent 28,700 kids under 18 from becoming adults who smoke
  • Help 48,700 adults who currently smoke quit
  • Prevent 21,000 premature smoking-caused deaths
  • Provide $1.56 billion in long-term health care cost savings from adult and youth smoking declines

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