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April 17, 2012 • Volume 9 / Number 8

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Legislative Update

Latest State Cancer Legislative Database Update Now Available

NCI's State Cancer Legislative Database (SCLD), a program that maintains a database of state cancer-related health policies, has posted the latest edition of the SCLD Update on its website. The issue includes a summary of new measures enacted in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The issue also features a special report that reviews the nearly 250 cancer-control measures passed by the states in 2011, as well as a table on legislative activity related to state tobacco settlements.

In addition to the latest edition of the SCLD Update, the SCLD program recently posted a fact sheet on state excise taxes on cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and snuff. All 50 states and the District of Columbia tax the sale of cigarettes, and the nationwide average during 2011 was approximately $1.46 per pack. Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia tax the sale of chewing tobacco and snuff; Pennsylvania is the only state that does not.

Map of the United States indicating excise tax rates per pack of cigarettes ranging from $0.60 or less to more than $2.00.

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