Kentucky has proposed raising its tax from 30 cents to one dollar.
Fourteen states in the U.S. produce tobacco, but 94% is concentrated in these 6. Here is their rank: 1) NC; 2) KY; 3) TN; 4) SC; 5) VA; 6) GA. In these 6 states, the tax rate averages only 33.5 cents. South Carolina has the lowest tax at 7 cents per pack of cigarettes. Bills to raise the tax were almost passed into law in 2008. Let's hope this happens in 2009. Otherwise other items will have to be taxed and more services will have to be cut.