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Tobacco manufacturing data demonstrate industry product switching in response to tax increases

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The US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) collects federal taxes on tobacco products produced or imported for domestic consumption. Tobacco manufacturers pay taxes twice a month on products produced, and customs agents pay taxes on imported products.1 Monthly data from TTB can be used to track national trends in tobacco production.

Federal taxes increased in 1 April 2009 for all tobacco products, although the increases varied by product type. Tax rates increased the most (over 2000%) on roll your own tobacco and small cigars, to make the rates for these products equal to taxes on cigarettes and increased by a relatively small 158% on other products, including pipe tobacco and large cigars. The tax rate on roll …

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