Selected SLC Research
Policy Analysis | August 1, 2009
What are the current tobacco tax rates in the SLC states?
Nationally, 12 states-including four SLC states-increased tobacco taxes this year. Since 2002, 46 states and Washington, D.C., have increased cigarette tax rates 88 times. Currently, 28 states and Washington, D.C., have cigarette tax rates of $1.00 per pack or more; 13 states and Washington, D.C., have cigarette tax rates of $2.00 per pack or more; and one state-Rhode Island-currently has a cigarette tax rate of more than $3.00-$3.46 per pack.
At $4.25 per pack, New York City has the highest combined state-local tax rate; Chicago comes in second at $3.66 per pack.
The average state tax per pack of cigarettes in the SLC is $0.71, far below the national average of $1.27 per pack.
The federal cigarette tax increased to $1.01 per pack in April of this year.
The average price for a pack of cigarettes nationwide is approximately $5.06.
Cigarette Tax Rates in the Southern States
|State||Tax||Regional Rank||National Rank||Year of last increase||Est. health costs/yr directly linked to smoking|
|West Virginia||$0.55||9||43||2003||$0.69 bill|
|North Carolina *||$0.35||13||48||2007||$2.46 bill|
|South Carolina||$0.07||16||51||1977||$1.09 bill|
|SLC Average||$0.71||N/A||N/A||N/A||$2.13 bill|
* As of August 4, 2009, there was a bill in the North Carolina General Assembly still in discussion that would increase the state cigarette tax rate to $0.85.
Also as of this date, the North Carolina General Assembly was still in session working on a budget for FY 2010.
Source: Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids