May 2004
Convenience Store News;5/3/2004, Vol. 40 Issue 6, p40
Trade Publication
Cigarettes and taxes— the saga continues. With the federal excise tax rate at 39 cents, a total of 30 states have raised their taxes within the past two years. The United State excise tax rates in 2003 ranged from a low of 2.5 cents in Virginia to a high of $2.05 in New Jersey, not to mention additional excise taxes like New York's $1.50 per pack. Other tobacco products brought in sales of $3.1 billion in 2003, ranking ninth among in convenience store categories. Data from ACNielsen Corp. concurs with the strong position of the other-tobacco category, with sales increasing by 11.2 percent in 2003, while units increased by 15 percent.


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