Here are the states with the highest sin tax

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You might be at a gas station or local liquor store and realize you’re running low on cigarettes. You consult the options behind the counter, hear the price from the store clerk and accept it as fact. While the expense isn’t likely subject to negotiation, it isn’t simply a function of profit or sales maximization either.

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Why taxes are higher in some states

The fact is: Certain products carry an especially high ‘sin tax.’ Some sin taxes are still pretty low — like $0.02 per gallon on beer in Wyoming. Others, like the $14.24 per gallon liquor tax in Washington, are much higher.

To see how the U.S. states rank in terms of sin taxes levied, the team at Credio looked at taxes on tobacco, liquor, wine and beer in each state using data from TaxPolicyCenter.org and the Federation of Tax Administrators. The states are ranked from lowest to highest aggregate sin tax, with rates represented in dollars per unit.

Note: The N/A notation for a given tax designates that the state government controls all sales. Given the pricing controls that are in place for these states, no direct tax rate is calculated. The sin tax is then based on the tax rates for the other available categories. Revenue in these states is generated from various other taxes, fees, price mark-ups and net profits.

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50 states ranked by ‘sin tax’

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50. Wyoming

  • Tobacco tax per pack: 60¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: N/A
  • Wine tax per gallon: N/A
  • Beer tax per gallon: 2¢
  • State sales tax: 4%

49. Missouri

  • Tobacco tax per pack: 17¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $2
  • Wine tax per gallon: 42¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 6¢
  • State sales tax: 4.23%

48. Pennsylvania

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $1.60
  • Liquor tax per gallon: N/A
  • Wine tax per gallon: N/A
  • Beer tax per gallon: 8¢
  • State sales tax: 6%

47. Idaho

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  • Tobacco tax per pack: 57¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: N/A
  • Wine tax per gallon: 45¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 15¢
  • State sales tax: 6%

46. Colorado

  • Tobacco tax per pack: 84¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $2.28
  • Wine tax per gallon: 28¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 8¢
  • State sales tax: 2.9%

45. Kentucky

  • Tobacco tax per pack: 60¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon; $1.92
  • Wine tax per gallon: 50¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 8¢
  • State sales tax: 6%

44. Ohio

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  • Tobacco tax per pack: $1.25
  • Liquor tax per gallon: N/A
  • Wine tax per gallon: 32¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 18¢
  • State sales tax: 5.75%

43. Oregon

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $1.31
  • Liquor tax per gallon: N/A
  • Wine tax per gallon: 67¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 8¢
  • State sales tax: 0%

42. North Dakota

  • Tobacco tax per pack: 44¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $2.50
  • Wine tax per gallon: 50¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 16¢
  • State sales tax: 5%

41. Minnesota

  • Tobacco tax per pack: 3¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $5.03
  • Wine tax per gallon: 30¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 15¢
  • State sales tax: 6.88%

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40. Louisiana

  • Tobacco tax per pack: 36¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $2.50
  • Wine tax per gallon: 11¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 32¢
  • State sales tax: 4%

39. Kansas

  • Tobacco tax per pack: 79¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $2.50
  • Wine tax per gallon: 30¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 18¢
  • State sales tax: 6.5%

38. West Virginia

  • Tobacco tax per pack: 55¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: N/A
  • Wine tax per gallon: $1
  • Beer tax per gallon: 18¢
  • State sales tax: 6%

37. Indiana

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  • Tobacco tax per pack: $1
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $2.68
  • Wine tax per gallon: 47¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 12¢
  • State sales tax: 7%

36. California

  • Tobacco tax per pack: 87¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $3.30
  • Wine tax per gallon: 20¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 20¢
  • State sales tax: 7.5%

35. New Hampshire

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $1.78
  • Liquor tax per gallon: N/A
  • Wine tax per gallon: N/A
  • Beer tax per gallon: 30¢
  • State sales tax: 0%

34. Mississippi

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  • Tobacco tax per pack: 68¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: N/A
  • Wine tax per gallon: 35¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 43¢
  • State sales tax: 7%

33. Texas

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $1.41
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $2.40
  • Wine tax per gallon: 20¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 20¢
  • State sales tax: 6.25%

32. Maryland

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $2
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $1.50
  • Wine tax per gallon: 40¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 9¢
  • State sales tax: 6%

31. Utah

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $1.70
  • Liquor tax per gallon: N/A
  • Wine tax per gallon: N/A
  • Beer tax per gallon: 41¢
  • State sales tax: 4.7%

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30. Michigan

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $2
  • Liquor tax per gallon: N/A
  • Wine tax per gallon: 51¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 20¢
  • State sales tax: 6%

29. Nevada

  • Tobacco tax per pack: 80¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $3.60
  • Wine tax per gallon: 70¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 16¢
  • State sales tax: 6.85%

28. Montana

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $1.70
  • Liquor tax per gallon: N/A
  • Wine tax per gallon: $1.06
  • Beer tax per gallon: 14¢
  • State sales tax: 0%

27. Virginia

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  • Tobacco tax per pack: 30¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: N/A
  • Wine tax per gallon: $1.51
  • Beer tax per gallon: 26¢
  • State sales tax: 4.3%

26. Wisconsin

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $2.52
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $3.25
  • Wine tax per gallon: 25¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 6¢
  • State sales tax: 5%

25. Arkansas

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $1.15
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $2.50
  • Wine tax per gallon: 75¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 23¢
  • State sales tax: 6.5%

24. Maine

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  • Tobacco tax per pack: $2
  • Liquor tax per gallon: N/A
  • Wine tax per gallon: 60¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 35¢
  • State sales tax: 5.5%

23. Vermont

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $2.75
  • Liquor tax per gallon: N/A
  • Wine tax per gallon: 55¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 27¢
  • State sales tax: 6%

22. Nebraska

  • Tobacco tax per pack: 64¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $3.75
  • Wine tax per gallon: 95¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 31¢
  • State sales tax: 5.5%

21. Arizona

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $2
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $3
  • Wine tax per gallon: 84¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 16¢
  • State sales tax: 5.6%

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20. Delaware

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $1.60
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $3.75
  • Wine tax per gallon: 97¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 16¢
  • State sales tax: 0%

19. Iowa

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $1.36
  • Liquor tax per gallon: N/A
  • Wine tax per gallon: $1.75
  • Beer tax per gallon: 19¢
  • State sales tax: 6%

18. North Carolina

  • Tobacco tax per pack: 45¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: N/A
  • Wine tax per gallon: $1
  • Beer tax per gallon: 62¢
  • State sales tax: 4.75%

17. South Dakota

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  • Tobacco tax per pack: $1.53
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $3.93
  • Wine tax per gallon: 93¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 27¢
  • State sales tax: 4%

16. Georgia

  • Tobacco tax per pack: 37¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $3.79
  • Wine tax per gallon: $1.51
  • Beer tax per gallon: 32¢
  • State sales tax: 4%

​15. Alabama

  • Tobacco tax per pack: 43¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: N/A
  • Wine tax per gallon: $1.70
  • Beer tax per gallon: 53¢
  • State sales tax: 4%

14. Oklahoma

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $1.03
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $5.56
  • Wine tax per gallon: 72¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 40¢
  • State sales tax: 4.5%

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13. Massachusetts

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $3.51
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $4.05
  • Wine tax per gallon: 55¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 11¢
  • State sales tax: 6.25%

12. New Jersey

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $2.70
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $5.50
  • Wine tax per gallon: 88¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 12¢
  • State sales tax: 7%

11. South Carolina

  • Tobacco tax per pack: 57¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $2.72
  • Wine tax per gallon: 90¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 77¢
  • State sales tax: 6%

10. Connecticut

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  • Tobacco tax per pack: $3.40
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $5.40
  • Wine tax per gallon: 72¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 24¢
  • State sales tax: 6.35%

9. New York

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $4.35
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $6.44
  • Wine tax per gallon: 30¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 14¢
  • State sales tax: 4%

8. Rhode Island

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $3.50
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $5.40
  • Wine tax per gallon: $1.40
  • Beer tax per gallon: 11¢
  • State sales tax: 7%

7. Illinois

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  • Tobacco tax per pack: $1,98
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $8.55
  • Wine tax per gallon: $1.39
  • Beer tax per gallon: 23¢
  • State sales tax: 6.25%

6. New Mexico

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $1.66
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $6.06
  • Wine tax per gallon: $1.70
  • Beer tax per gallon: 41¢
  • State sales tax: 5.13%

5. Florida

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $1.34
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $6.50
  • Wine tax per gallon: $2.25
  • Beer tax per gallon: 48¢
  • State sales tax: 6%

4. Tennessee

  • Tobacco tax per pack: 62¢
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $4.40
  • Wine tax per gallon: $1.21
  • Beer tax per gallon: $1.15
  • State sales tax: 7%

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3. Washington

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $3.03
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $14.24
  • Wine tax per gallon: 87¢
  • Beer tax per gallon: 26¢
  • State sales tax: 6.5%

2. Hawaii

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $3.20
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $5.98
  • Wine tax per gallon: $1.38
  • Beer tax per gallon: 93¢
  • State sales tax: 4%

1. Alaska

  • Tobacco tax per pack: $2
  • Liquor tax per gallon: $12.80
  • Wine tax per gallon: $2.50
  • Beer tax per gallon: $1.07
  • State sales tax: 0%


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