US cigarette tax rates

State

Tax per pack

Rank

Rhode Island

$3.46

1st

Connecticut

$3.00

2nd

New York

$2.75

3rd

New Jersey

$2.70

4th

Hawaii

$2.60

5th

Wisconsin

$2.52

6th

Massachusetts

$2.51

7th

District of Columbia

$2.50

8th

Vermont

$2.24

9th

Washington

$2.025

10th

Alaska

$2.00

11th

Arizona

$2.00

11th

Maine

$2.00

11th

Maryland

$2.00

11th

Michigan

$2.00

11th

New Hampshire

$1.78

16th

Montana

$1.70

17th

Delaware

$1.60

18th

Pennsylvania

$1.60

18th

Minnesota

$1.56

20th

South Dakota

$1.53

21st

Texas

$1.41

22nd

Iowa

$1.36

23rd

Florida

$1.339

24th

Ohio

$1.25

25th

Oregon

$1.18

26th

Arkansas

$1.15

27th

Oklahoma

$1.03

28th

Indiana

$0.995

29th

Illinois

$0.98

30th

New Mexico

$0.91

31st

California

$0.87

32nd

Colorado

$0.84

33rd

Nevada

$0.80

34th

Kansas

$0.79

35th

Utah

$0.695

36th

Mississippi

$0.68

37th

Nebraska

$0.64

38th

Tennessee

$0.62

39th

Kentucky

$0.60

40th

Wyoming

$0.60

40th

Idaho

$0.57

42nd

West Virginia

$0.55

43rd

North Carolina

$0.45

44th

North Dakota

$0.44

45th

Alabama

$0.425

46th

Georgia

$0.37

47th

Louisiana

$0.36

48th

Virginia

$0.30

49th

Missouri

$0.17

50th

South Carolina

$0.07

51st

Puerto Rico

$2.23

N/A

Guam

$1.00

N/A

Northern Marianas

$1.75

N/A

Nationwide average: $1.34 per pack

The list includes cigarette tax rate currently valid across the nation. Since 2002, cigarette excise taxes were raised 95 times by 46 states, US territories and District of Columbia.

California, South Carolina, North Dakota and Missouri are the only states that avoided increasing their taxes for more than ten years.

Up to the present moment of time 28 states and the US territories have tax rates above $1.00 a pack, with 16 of them (including Puerto Rico) levy more than $2.00 per pack of cigarettes.

Rhode Island and Connecticut are home to the highest state cigarette taxes, which are higher than $3.00 per pack.

New York City has the highest cigarette excise tax at $4.25 for a pack of 20 cigarettes, when combining the state and local rates, Chicago occupies second place with $3.66 per pack.

The nationwide average cost of a pack of cigarettes is nearly $5.15 (local sales taxes are not included). Prices essentially differ from state to state due to various local taxes, like 20 cent-per pack tax in San Francisco; other factors include discounts and retailer pricing strategies.

Federal cigarette excise tax is currently at $1.01 per pack. During the last couple of years, three major cigarette companies - Philip Morris USA (the maker of Marlboro), Reynolds American (owner of Camel, and a dozen of other brands), and Lorillard (leader of the menthol cigarette segment with Newport) – have all hiked the prices on their products by nearly $1 per pack.