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Cigarette prices by state

The Cigarette prices in the United States is one of the highest in the world. In 2023, the average cost of a pack of 20 cigarettes was $7 compared to an international average price of $3.5 for a pack of 20 cigarettes. This means that Americans pay double than the international average price for their cigarettes. Some of the states have high prices, and are due to taxes and fees imposed by federal and state governments on tobacco products. The states with the cheapest cigarettes are Missouri, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, North Dakota, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Nebraska, Kentucky and Idaho. Missouri is the state with the cheapest cigarettes state in the country with a cigarette price of $5.11 per pack. Georgia is the second cheapest state is Georgia with a cigarette price of $5.15 per pack. North Carolina and South Carolina comes in third and fourth state with a cigarette price averaging at $5.32 and $5.47 per pack. North Dakota is the fifth state with the cheapest cigarettes with $5.48. Alabama with $5.58, Tennessee comes in seventh place with an average cigarette price of $5.66 per pack, while Mississippi, ranked eighth, has an average cigarette price of $5.69.

RankStateCigarette Price per boxState Tax
1New York$10.60$5.35
2District of Columbia$10.51$4.50
3Connecticut$10.24$4.35
4Alaska$10.21$2.00
5Rhode Island$9.91$4.25
6Minnesota$9.83$3.04
7Massachusetts$9.78$3.51
8Hawaii$9.54$3.20
9Illinois$9.10$2.98
10Washington$8.83$3.03
11Vermont$8.81$3.08
12Pennsylvania$8.62$2.60
13California$8.05$2.00
14Wisconsin$7.97$2.52
15New Jersey$7.96$2.70
16Arizona$7.71$2.00
17New Mexico$7.67$2.00
18New Hampshire$7.49$1.78
19Oklahoma$7.43$2.03
20Maine$7.42$2.00
21Michigan$7.42$2.00
22Maryland$7.32$3.75
23Delaware$7.19$2.10
24Utah$7.11$1.70
25Nevada$6.91$1.80
26Montana$6.88$1.70
27Texas$6.88$1.41
28South Dakota$6.81$1.53
29Florida$6.76$1.34
30Iowa$6.59$1.36
31Oregon$6.45$3.33
32Ohio$6.35$1.60
33West Virginia$6.27$1.20
34Arkansas$6.26$1.15
35Kansas$6.22$1.29
36Louisiana$6.04$1.08
37Wyoming$5.98$0.56
38Indiana$5.92$1.00
39Virginia$5.91$0.60
40Colorado$5.90$1.94
41Idaho$5.82$0.47
42Kentucky$5.78$1.10
43Nebraska$5.78$0.64
44Mississippi$5.69$0.71
45Tennessee$5.66$0.61
46Alabama$5.58$0.68
47North Dakota$5.48$0.31
48South Carolina$5.47$0.77
49North Carolina$5.32$0.48
50Georgia$5.15$0.32
51Missouri$5.11$0.12
Source: Sales Tax Handbook

There are many Cigarette brands in the United States, and all the brands vary the prices by brand significantly. Some of the most popular brands are Marlboro, Newport, and American Spirit. Out of these Marlboro cigarettes are popular brand globally and the most expensive at around $9 to $10 per pack in many states. The next popular brand is American Spirit cigarettes than Marlboro cigarettes which cost between $6 to $7 per pack. Newport cigarettes are usually a bit cheaper than American Spirit which typically costing about $5 to $6 for a pack across many states. In California, the price of cigarettes of a Marlboro pack is high as $10 whereas the same brand can be sold around $6 to $7 in Alabama.

Below are the states with cheaper cigarette prices:

StateCigarette Price per box
Missouri$5.11
Georgia$5.15
North Carolina$5.32
South Carolina$5.47
North Dakota$5.48
Alabama$5.58
Tennessee$5.66
Mississippi$5.69
Kentucky$5.78
Nebraska$5.78

Below are the states with most expensive cigarette prices:

StateCigarette Price per box
New York$10.60
District of Columbia$10.51
Connecticut$10.24
Alaska$10.21
Rhode Island$9.91
Minnesota$9.83
Massachusetts$9.78
Hawaii$9.54
Illinois$9.10
Washington$8.83
The Cigarette tax rates are very high ranging from 5.35 to 12 cents. The highest cigarette tax in the US is levied by the New York State at $5.35 per pack, followed closely by Washington DC, Connecticut and Rhode Island, out of which charge $4.50, $4.35 and $4.25 per pack. Many of the states has high tax rates which are intended to discourage smoking and some are to provide extra revenue for the state. States like Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Hawaii, Vermont, Minnesota and Washington charge from $3.75 to $3.
YearStateEffective Date of IncreaseAmount of IncreaseTax Rate After Increase
2023New York9/1/23$1.00$5.35
2021Colorado1/1/21$1.10$1.94
Maryland3/14/21$1.75$3.75
Oregon1/1/21$2.00$3.33
2020Virginia7/1/2030 cents60 cents
2019Illinois7/1/19$1.00$2.98
New Mexico7/1/1934 cents$2.00
2018Washington, DC10/1/18$2.00$4.50
Guam8/24/18$1.00$4.00
Kentucky7/1/1850 cents$1.10
Oklahoma7/1/18$1.00$2.03
Oregon1/1/181 cent$1.33
2017California4/1/17$2.00$2.87
Connecticut12/1/1745 cents$4.35
Delaware9/1/1750 cents$2.10
Minnesota1/1/174 cents$3.04
Northern Mariana Isl.9/16/17$1.00$3.75
Puerto Rico5/1/17$1.70$5.10
Rhode Island8/16/1750 cents$4.25
2016Connecticut7/1/1625 cents$3.90
Louisiana4/1/1622 cents$1.08
Minnesota1/1/1610 cents$3.00
Oregon1/1/161 cent$1.32
Pennsylvania8/1/16$1.00$2.60
West Virginia7/1/1665 cents$1.20
2015Alabama10/1/1525 cents67.5 cents
Connecticut10/1/1525 cents$3.65
Kansas7/1/1550 cents$1.29
Louisiana7/1/1550 cents86 cents
Minnesota1/1/157 cents$2.90
Nevada7/1/15$1.00$1.80
Ohio7/1/1535 cents$1.60
Puerto Rico7/1/1517 cents$3.40
Rhode Island8/1/1525 cents$3.75
Vermont7/1/1533 cents$3.08
2014Oregon1/1/1413 cents$1.31
Northern Mariana Isl.9/16/1475 cents$2.75
Vermont7/1/1413 cents$2.75
2013Massachusetts7/31/13$1.00$3.51
Minnesota7/1/13$1.60$2.83
New Hampshire8/1/1310 cents$1.78
Puerto Rico7/1/13$1.00$3.23
2012Illinois6/24/12$1.00$1.98
Rhode Island7/1/124 cents$3.50
2011Connecticut7/1/1140 cents$3.40
Source Tobaccofreekids

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