Todd Nesbit is assistant professor of economics at the College of Charleston.Todd Nesbit is assistant professor of economics at the College of Charleston.
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September 2, 2015
Legislation permitting counties to increase the excise tax on cigarettes was approved by the California Senate Thursday, August 27. Another bill — introduced the day before — would hike the state excise tax by $2.00 per pack.
January 14, 2015
State Cigarette Smuggling as a Percentage of Total State Cigarette Consumption (Legal and Illegal), 2013
This report, part of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Tax Foundation’s annual study of trends in interstate cigarette purchase behavior, lists and updates interstate smuggling rates for all 50 states.
February 17, 2014
As state and local units of government continue to hike cigarette excise taxes to raise revenues, smugglers apparently continue to profit from their illicit trafficking.
November 19, 2013
Councilmen in the City of Chicago recently passed a 50-cents-per-pack increase in the city's cigarette tax, and with it a likely increase in smuggling and related crimes.Chicago now charges a tax of $1.18 per pack.
January 9, 2013
Cigarette taxes have been in the news lately, and not just because politicians keep raising them. What’s new is that state and local levies have grown so onerous in some parts of the country that they almost could be called “prohibition by price.
December 17, 2010
High tax rates on cigarettes are driving up the rates of illegal cigarette smuggling, according to a report by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Mich.The authors calculated that in 2009, more than half (51.
December 2, 2008
Between January 2007 and 2009, 21 of the 48 contiguous states — including tobacco state North Carolina — raised their cigarette taxes, producing a total of 27tax hikes. In 2010, tobacco state South Carolina and five other states did the same.