(CNSNews.com) -- 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
Rhode Island, $4.25/pack
The states with the lowest cigarette taxes are:
North Dakota $0.44/pack
North Carolina, 0.45/pack