Louisiana ranks 15th lowest on state cigarette taxes

The state cigarette taxes in Louisiana ranked 36th in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on 2016 data.

State taxes on a 20-pack of cigarettes in Louisiana stood at $1.08, the Tax Foundation study found. That amount is on top of a federal rate of more than $1 per 20-pack.

In addition, some local jurisdictions impose cigarette taxes. State, county and municipal taxes in Chicago amount to $6.16 per pack, the foundation reported.

Though some states earmark cigarette tax revenues to fix structural budget problems, cigarette tax revenue has been dropping because fewer people smoke, the study pointed out. In turn, state cigarette tax structures have become a less reliable revenue source and have created openings for intrastate smuggling, the foundation’s report said.

How States Tax Cigarettes

Rank State State Cigarette Taxes per 20-Pack
1 Connecticut $4.35
1 New York $4.35
3 Rhode Island $4.25
4 Massachusetts $3.51
5 Hawaii $3.20
6 Vermont $3.08
7 Minnesota $3.04
8 Washington $3.03
9 California $2.87
10 New Jersey $2.70
11 Pennsylvania $2.60
12 Wisconsin $2.52
13 Delaware $2.10
14 Oklahoma $2.03
15 Alaska $2.00
15 Arizona $2.00
15 Maine $2.00
15 Maryland $2.00
15 Michigan $2.00
20 Illinois $1.98
21 Nevada $1.80
22 New Hampshire $1.78
23 Montana $1.70
23 Utah $1.70
25 New Mexico $1.66
26 Ohio $1.60
27 South Dakota $1.53
28 Texas $1.41
29 Iowa $1.36
30 Florida $1.34
31 Oregon $1.33
32 Kansas $1.29
33 West Virginia $1.20
34 Arkansas $1.15
35 Kentucky $1.10
36 Louisiana $1.08
37 Indiana $1.00
38 Colorado $0.84
39 Mississippi $0.68
40 Alabama $0.68
41 Nebraska $0.64
42 Tennessee $0.62
43 Wyoming $0.60
44 Idaho $0.57
44 South Carolina $0.57
46 North Carolina $0.45
47 North Dakota $0.44
48 Georgia $0.37
49 Virginia $0.30
50 Missouri $0.17

Source: Tax Foundation

This article was first published on Watchdog.org.

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