Cigarettes priced at $5 in 2009 $9.92 in 2023

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Prices for Cigarettes, 2009-2023 ($5)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for cigarettes are 98.33% higher in 2023 versus 2009 (a $4.92 difference in value).

Between 2009 and 2023: Cigarettes experienced an average inflation rate of 5.01% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, cigarettes costing $5 in the year 2009 would cost $9.92 in 2023 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.53% during this same period, inflation for cigarettes was higher.

In the year 2009: Pricing changed by 24.45%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for cigarettes during the 2009-2023 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2009 (-0.36%), 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 2009

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Cigarettes, over time, for $5 beginning in 2009. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.

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


Adjust cigarettes prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2023 / CPI in 2009 * 2009 USD value = 2023 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Cigarettes was 297.381 in the year 2009 and 589.788 in 2023:

589.788 / 297.381 * $5 = $9.92

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $5 in 2009 has the same "purchasing power" as $9.92 in 2023 (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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