Well, just like in 2014, this year New York remains the US state with highest cigarettes prices due to $4.35 tax per pack. Then go Massachusetts with $3.51 per pack, Rhode Island with $3.50, Connecticut with $3.40.
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At the end of list are found Georgia with $0.37, Louisiana with $0.36, Virginia with $0.30, and the state Missouri has lowest cigarette tax of 0.17 cents per package. These are state taxes and if we take into considerstion also local taxes on cigarettes, we would understand why cigarette prices are high and why they vary.
Did you know that cigarettes in the USA were not taxed before 1920? However, by 1969 all American states imposed taxes on cigarettes! Though today those taxes are considered extremely high, states continue to increase their rates. It is awaful, yeah? But most smokers do not care a bit about American cigarette prices as they discovered that better way to save money is to buy cigarettes from the web.
You may ask where do those money from cigarette taxes go? Well, those money are directed to fund different social programs and systems, for example, schools.
Generally, the 2015 picture of cigarette taxes has seen not much change compared to 2014.
I made a table which shows which is average price for cigarettes in US states. Take a look at it.
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