Arizona Information

Arizona Information

Tobacco Taxes
Arizona’s excise tax per pack of cigarettes: $1.180
Arizona’s excise tax collection for the
fiscal year ending June 2002: $160,156,000Sales tax on tobacco products: 5.60%

Federal excise tax per pack of cigarettes: $0.39
Total federal excise tax collections in fiscal year 2002: $7,512,700,000

Who Profits from
Cigarette Sales?

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Comparing Excise Taxes on Cigarettes, Beer and Wine

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Number of six-packs of beer that must be sold in Arizona to produce the same state excise tax revenue generated by one carton of cigarettes: 64.4

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Number of bottles of wine that must be sold in Arizona to produce the same state excise tax revenue generated by one carton of cigarettes: 34.8

Arizona Smokers’ Contributions
to the State Economy – FY2002

In 2001, Arizona smokers comprised only 21.6%1 of the adult population in the state. Here is what they already pay because they choose to buy a legal product:
Smokers Pay Excise Taxes2 $ 160,156,000
Smokers Pay Sales Taxes2 $ 49,703,275
Smokers Pay Tobacco Settlement Payments3 $ 105,464,650
  $ 315,323,925
Smokers’ Economic/Tax Profile 2001
  • Income1
Arizona smokers’ median household income $ 34,179
Arizona nonsmokers’ median household income $ 42,134
  • Working Families Pay More1

35.6% of Arizona smokers had household income LESS THAN $25,000

9.8% of Arizona smokers had household income EQUAL TO or GREATER THAN $75,000

The impact of smoker payments on the incomes of working families was more than THREE TIMES the impact on higher income smokers. Those who can afford it least pay a disproportionate percentage of their hard-earned income in smoker payments.

  • Smoker excise tax/sales tax/tobacco settlement payments liability in 20024
Total average paid per Arizona smoker in excise and sales taxes $ 258
Cost per Arizona smoker for settlement payments to Arizona $ 130
Total annual payments to Arizona per smoker $ 388
Total annual payments to Arizona per nonsmoker $ 0

Arizona Smoker Facts 5

  • Total smokers’ payments to Arizona in FY2002 were:
    • Six times larger than FY2002 state excise taxes on alcoholic beverages ($52.6 million)
    • Larger than FY2002 state insurance premium tax collections ($198.8 million)
    • Nearly as large as FY2002 corporate net income taxes ($346.3 million).
  • Total smokers’ payments for FY2002 were large enough to support:
    • Arizona’s FY2003 appropriated amounts for Northern Arizona University ($152.4 million) AND the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center ($70.1 million) COMBINED
    • Juvenile Corrections ($75.8 million) AND the Department of Public Safety ($149.8 million) COMBINED
    • Long Term Care ($52.5 million) and Behavioral Health ($199.5 million) COMBINED
  • In 1997, smokers provided 2,431 jobs that paid an additional $3.03 million to the state in personal and corporate income taxes.6


Per year: $ 315,323,925
Per day: $ 863,310
Per hour: $ 35,971
Per minute: $ 600
Per second: $ 10
  1. Centers for Disease Control’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2001
  2. Orzechowski & Walker, Arlington, Virginia; from state revenue department.
  3. PriceWaterhouseCooper
  4. U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 state population and Centers for Disease Control’s Behavioral Risk Surveillance System, 2001
  5. Tax Comparisons are from U.S. Census Bureau. Budget comparisons are for operating budgets only and represent general and other fund sources. The figures come from the Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee,

FY2002 & FY2003 Appropriations Report: Summary of Appropriated Operating Funds by Agency for Fiscal Years 2002 and 2003

    1. , online at

    1. ; and the Arizona Office of Strategic Planning and Budget,

FY2004 and 2005 Executive Budget Detail

    1. , January 2003, online at

      6.  American Economics Group, Inc., The U.S. Tobacco Industry in 1997: Its Economic Impact in the States.

Master Settlement Agreement Payments To Date
$344,962,064 has been paid to Arizona since the Master Settlement Agreement was signed on November 23, 1998.

Arizona Tobacco Laws

No Laws Found

The reprinting of this information from the Coalition, does not constitute a representation or admission by RJRT that such information is accurate, complete, or a proper characterization of the laws concerned.

The Coalition for Responsible Tobacco Retailing is a cooperative effort among retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers who share a common goal: to do all they can to prevent tobacco sales to minors.


(Thanks Sherry!) Sheriff Joe Arpaio (in Arizona) is doing it RIGHT!!:

He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.

He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails.

Took away their weights.

Cut off all but “G” movies.

He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects. Then he started chain gangs for women so he wouldn’t get sued for discrimination. He took away cable TV until he found out there was a federal court order that required cable TV for jails. So he hooked up the cable TV again but only let in the Disney channel and the weather channel.

When asked why the weather channel he replied, so they will know how hot it’s gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs. He cut off coffee since it has zero nutritional value.
When the inmates complained, he told them…..this is a good one……”This isn’t the Ritz/Carlton. If you don’t like it, don’t come back.”

He bought Newt Gingrich’ lecture series on videotape that he pipes into the jails. When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of the inmates were in his jails in the first place.


It’s even hotter than usual in Phoenix, 116 degrees sets a new record, the Associated Press reports: About 2,000 inmates living in a barbed-wire-surrounded tent encampmentat the Maricopa County Jail have been given permission to strip down to their government-issued pink boxer shorts.

On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 degrees inside the week before. Many were also swathed in wet, pink towels as sweat collected on their chests and dripped down to their pink socks.

“It feels like we are in a furnace,” said James Zanzo’t, an inmate who has lived in the tents for 1 1/2 ! years. “It’s inhumane.” Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic.

He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates: “It’s 120 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they didn’t commit any crimes, so shut your damned mouths. “

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