Tobacco and smoking products priced at $20 in 1986 $178.93 in 2019

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Prices for Tobacco And Smoking Products, 1986-2019 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for tobacco and smoking products were 794.63% higher in 2019 versus 1986 (a $158.93 difference in value).

Between 1986 and 2019: Tobacco and smoking products experienced an average inflation rate of 6.87% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, tobacco and smoking products costing $20 in the year 1986 would cost $178.93 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.60% during this same period, inflation for tobacco and smoking products was significantly higher.

Price Inflation for Tobacco and smoking products since 1986

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1999 (29.48%), 2009 (24.06%), and 1989 (12.82%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Tobacco and smoking products:

Year 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
CPI 124.733 133.642 145.783 164.475 181.575 202.742 219.842 228.308 219.992 225.742 232.750 243.692 274.775 355.792 394.908 425.208 461.500 468.992 477.983 502.758 519.858 554.184 588.682 730.316 807.314 834.827 853.454 876.825 903.297 930.850 963.366 1022.760 1063.414 1115.908

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Buying power of $20 since 1986

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Tobacco and smoking products, over time, for $20 beginning in 1986. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1986 $20.00 -
1987 $21.43 7.14%
1988 $23.38 9.09%
1989 $26.37 12.82%
1990 $29.11 10.40%
1991 $32.51 11.66%
1992 $35.25 8.43%
1993 $36.61 3.85%
1994 $35.27 -3.64%
1995 $36.20 2.61%
1996 $37.32 3.10%
1997 $39.07 4.70%
1998 $44.06 12.76%
1999 $57.05 29.48%
2000 $63.32 10.99%
2001 $68.18 7.67%
2002 $74.00 8.54%
2003 $75.20 1.62%
2004 $76.64 1.92%
2005 $80.61 5.18%
2006 $83.36 3.40%
2007 $88.86 6.60%
2008 $94.39 6.23%
2009 $117.10 24.06%
2010 $129.45 10.54%
2011 $133.86 3.41%
2012 $136.84 2.23%
2013 $140.59 2.74%
2014 $144.84 3.02%
2015 $149.25 3.05%
2016 $154.47 3.49%
2017 $163.99 6.17%
2018 $170.51 3.97%
2019 $178.93 4.94%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for tobacco and smoking products, 1986-2019

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019 / CPI in 1986 * 1986 USD value = 2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Tobacco and smoking products was 124.733 in the year 1986 and 1115.908 in 2019:

1115.908 / 124.733 * $20 = $178.93

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1986 has the same "purchasing power" as $178.93 in 2019 (in the CPI category of Tobacco and smoking products).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Tobacco and smoking products in 1986. In addition to tobacco and smoking products, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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