The use of tobacco products remains the nation's number one preventable cause of death. Tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths nationwide including at least 30% of all cancer deaths. There is no safe level or safe type of tobacco use. Pennsylvania remains the only state in the country that does not tax smokeless tobacco.
Establishing a 40 percent of wholesale tax on other tobacco products would produce health and economic benefits for Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is missing out on this revenue opportunity. The 49 states and DC that tax other tobacco products collect over $1.5 billion in tax revenue annually from these taxes.