In California, a number of bills were proposed in 2009 and 2010 that called for the cigarette SET to be increased, by as much as $2.10 per pack. These proposals would also cause MST and large cigar SET increases, at an undetermined amount. To date, these bills have failed.



Taxes and Revenue Information

California Tobacco Revenue

  • State Excise Tax on Cigarettes: $0.87
  • State Excise Tax on Smokeless Tobacco: 41.11%
  • State Excise Tax on Little Cigars: $0.87/pack
  • State Excise Tax on Large Cigars: 41.11%
  • Sales Tax on Cigarette Sales: $0.37


California Revenue from Cigarettes

  • Excise Tax Collected (2009): $920,204,311
  • Master Settlement Agreement (MSA Payments 2009): $914,400,000
  • Cigarette Sales Tax Revenues (2009): $351,928,512
  • Total Revenue Collected (2009): $2,186,532,823


Contact Your Local Representative


Visit the California State Website


Contact Governor Jerry Brown


View State Legistlature Session Schedule

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Source: Tax Burden on Tobacco, Historical Compilation, Vol 45, Orzechowski and Walker, Arlington, VA, 2010

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