We certainly try to soak our smokers -- since in New Jersey we addin excise tax for every pack purchased. Although that’s high, it’s not the highest in the country. That distinction goes to neighboring New York, which charges $4.35 per pack in excise taxes. Other high cigarette-tax states include Rhode Island ($3.75), Massachusetts ($3.51), Connecticut ($3.40), Hawaii ($3.20), Vermont ($3.08), Washington ($3.03), and Minnesota ($2.90).
The country’s average is $1.59. Surprisingly, California only charges $0.87. Maybe not so surprisingly, the lowest rates were found in Virginia ($0.30), Alabama ($0.43), North Dakota ($0.44) and North Carolina ($0.45).