Cigarette Taxes: N.Y. Highest, $4.35 per Pack, Mo. Lowest, $0.17 per Pack

By Michael W. Chapman | April 10, 2019 | 5:05pm EDT
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( -- A new report by the Tax Foundation shows how much each state adds in taxes to a pack of cigarettes, revealing that New York and Connecticut charge the most at $4.35 in excise taxes and Missouri charges the least, $0.17 per pack.

"On average, states charge $1.73 of taxes per pack of 20 cigarettes," reported the Tax Foundation. "As of 2016, taxes accounted for almost half of the retail cost of a pack of cigarettes." Federal and state taxes "made up 44.3 percent of the final price, on average" for a pack in 2016, said the Foundation. 

But in some cities, because of local taxes, the cost of a pack of cigarettes can climb. "In Chicago, for example, the combination of state, county, and city taxes add $6.16 to the price of a pack of cigarettes," reported the Tax Foundation.  "In New York City, smokers pay $5.85 in taxes alone on a pack of cigarettes."

The federal tax on a pack of cigarettes (20 cigarettes) is $1.0066. 

The Tax Foundation reports that the following states have the highest cigarette taxes:

New York, $4.35/pack

Connecticut, $4.35/pack

Rhode Island, $4.25/pack

Massachusetts, $3.51/pack

Hawaii, $3.20/pack


The states with the lowest cigarette taxes are:

Missouri, $0.17/pack

Virginia, $0.30/pack

Georgia, $0.37/pack

North Dakota $0.44/pack

North Carolina, 0.45/pack

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