Cigarettes priced at $5 in 1997 $27.53 in 2022

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Prices for Cigarettes, 1997-2022 ($5)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for cigarettes are 450.65% higher in 2022 versus 1997 (a $22.53 difference in value).

Between 1997 and 2022: Cigarettes experienced an average inflation rate of 7.06% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, cigarettes costing $5 in the year 1997 would cost $27.53 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.

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 1997

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Cigarettes, over time, for $5 beginning in 1997. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1997$5.00-
1998$5.499.79%
1999$7.1930.95%
2000$7.9911.21%
2001$8.637.90%
2002$9.388.80%
2003$9.521.45%
2004$9.671.60%
2005$10.175.17%
2006$10.523.40%
2007$11.246.85%
2008$11.956.30%
2009$14.8724.45%
2010$16.4510.65%
2011$17.003.34%
2012$17.382.21%
2013$17.862.75%
2014$18.423.18%
2015$19.003.13%
2016$19.673.56%
2017$20.916.30%
2018$21.743.97%
2019$22.855.09%
2020$24.085.37%
2021$25.907.59%
2022$27.536.28%*

* 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:

Year19971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI100.000109.792143.769159.885172.515187.692190.408193.454203.462210.369224.787238.951297.381329.046340.026347.536357.104368.444379.982393.495418.274434.883457.011481.555518.090550.647

Adjust cigarettes prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1997 * 1997 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Cigarettes was 100.000 in the year 1997 and 550.647 in 2022:

550.647 / 100.000 * $5 = $27.53

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $5 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" as $27.53 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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