States With the Highest and Lowest Taxes On Cigarettes and Alcohol

Find out the tax-friendly and unfriendly states for smokers and drinkers.

Do you drink and smoke? If not, would you like to? If you do, you'll be required to pay substantially higher taxes on your habit in some states, as opposed to others.

Cigarettes

The five states with the highest taxes on cigarettes are:

State Tax Rate (cents per pack)
New York 435
Connecticut 435
Rhode Island 425
Massachusetts 351
Hawaii 320

The five states with the lowest taxes on cigarettes are:

State Tax Rate (cents per pack)
Missouri 17
Virginia 30
Georgia 47
North Dakota 44
North Carolina 45

Beer

The five states with the highest taxes on beer are:

State Excise Tax on Beer (cents per gallon)
Alaska 107
Hawaii 93
South Carolina 77
North Carolina 62
Florida 48

The five states with the lowest taxes on beer are:

State Excise Tax on Beer (cents per gallon)
Wyoming 2
Wisconsin 6
Oregon 8
Pennsylvania
Kentucky 8

Wine

The five states with the highest taxes on wine are:

State Excise Tax on Wine (cents per gallon)
Alaska 250
Florida 225
Iowa 175
New Mexico 170
Alabama 170

The five states with the lowest taxes on wine are:

State Excise Tax on Wine (cents per gallon)
California 20
Texas 20
Wisconsin 25
Colorado 28
New York 30

Hard Liquor

The five states with the highest taxes on hard liquor are:

State Excise Tax on Hard Liquor (dollars per gallon)
Washington 14.27
Alaska 12.80
Illinois 8.55
Florida 6.50
New York 6.44

The five states with the lowest taxes on hard liquor are:

State Excise Tax on Hard Liquor (dollars per gallon)
Maryland 1.50
Kentucky 1.92
Missouri 2.00
Colorado 2.28
Texas 2.40

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