Cigarettes priced at $5 in 1998 $24.93 in 2022

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Prices for Cigarettes, 1998-2022 ($5)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for cigarettes are 398.56% higher in 2022 versus 1998 (a $19.93 difference in value).

Between 1998 and 2022: Cigarettes experienced an average inflation rate of 6.92% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, cigarettes costing $5 in the year 1998 would cost $24.93 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.40% during this same period, inflation for cigarettes was significantly higher.

In the year 1998: Pricing changed by 9.79%, which is above the average yearly change for cigarettes during the 1998-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1998 (1.55%), inflation for cigarettes was much higher.

Price Inflation for Cigarettes since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1999 (30.95%), 2009 (24.45%), and 2000 (11.21%).

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Buying power of $5.00 since 1998

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Cigarettes, over time, for $5 beginning in 1998. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1998$5.009.79%
1999$6.5530.95%
2000$7.2811.21%
2001$7.867.90%
2002$8.558.80%
2003$8.671.45%
2004$8.811.60%
2005$9.275.17%
2006$9.583.40%
2007$10.246.85%
2008$10.886.30%
2009$13.5424.45%
2010$14.9810.65%
2011$15.483.34%
2012$15.832.21%
2013$16.262.75%
2014$16.783.18%
2015$17.303.13%
2016$17.923.56%
2017$19.056.30%
2018$19.803.97%
2019$20.815.09%
2020$21.935.37%
2021$23.597.59%
2022$24.935.65%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Cigarettes:

Year19971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI100.000109.792143.769159.885172.515187.692190.408193.454203.462210.369224.787238.951297.381329.046340.026347.536357.104368.444379.982393.495418.274434.883457.011481.555518.090547.382

Adjust cigarettes prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1998 * 1998 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Cigarettes was 109.792 in the year 1998 and 547.382 in 2022:

547.382 / 109.792 * $5 = $24.93

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $5 in 1998 has the same "purchasing power" as $24.93 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Cigarettes).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Cigarettes in 1997. In addition to cigarettes, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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