These days, tobacco is under constant attack in the US, with new laws restricting the use of tobacco in one form or another nearly every day! It seems, in the effort to “sanitize” our country of anything deemed “unhealthy” (a decision made by someone who knows what’s best for you…), the government has slowly drifted to a state in which some areas of the country tax nearly double the price of a cigar (i.e. legalized theft)! And while the majority of the aggressive taxes are directed towards cigarettes and cheaper, machine-made cigars (which is also wrong), there is a noticeable push by the liberal and progressive movement to end the sale of premium cigars as we know it; introduced through the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama on June 22, 2009.

Regulations being proposed against premium cigars include (but are not limited to) the banning of walk-in humidors and requiring manufacturers to submit their blends for “testing” before they can be sold, i.e. ending small batch and limited edition cigars, as well as thousands of cigar shops across the country.

Luckily, there are groups such as the Cigar Rights of America, dedicated to protecting the rights of cigar growers, manufacturers, retailers, and consumers of premium cigars (we strongly advise any fan of cigars and/or freedom become a CRA member).

But at the end of the day, you still need a place to buy premium cigars – we’ve made it easy to find which states will give you the best “bang for you buck”, and which ones you might want to consider “abandoning ship”…

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2015 US taxes on premium cigars


US Cigar Tax
Tax rate:
Under 5%
Under 10%
Under 20%
Under 30%
Under 70%
70 – 100%
Click a state for further details
Numbers are based on the example of purchasing a $10 (MSRP) premium cigar

While our interactive map above is intended to give a quick and easy reference to each state’s tax rate on premium cigars, the table below will show a more detailed breakdown of a real-world scenario—e.g. what the cost may look like when buying a $10 premium cigar.

*Tax rates on our map have been averaged out to show the final percentage after tax caps have been taken into account. The rates below are the state’s technical percentages.

United States Tax Rate Example Sheet ($10 MSRP)
State Tax Rate Tax Cap Est. Selling Price
Alabama 0.4% $10.04
Alaska 75% $17.50
Arizona 2.2% $10.22
Arkansas 68% 50¢/Cigar Tax Cap $10.50
California 28.95% $12.90
Colorado 40% $14.00
Connecticut 50% 50¢/Cigar Tax Cap $10.50
Delaware 15% $11.50
Florida 0% $10.00
Georgia 23% $12.30
Hawaii 50% $15.00
Idaho 40% $14.00
Illinois 36% $13.60
Indiana 24% $12.40
Iowa 50% 50¢/Cigar Tax Cap $10.50
Kansas 10% $11.00
Kentucky 15% $11.50
Louisiana 20% $12.00
Maine 20% $12.00
Maryland 15% $11.50
Massachusetts 40% $14.00
Michigan 32% 50¢/Cigar Tax Cap $10.50
Minnesota 95% $3.50/Cigar Tax Cap $13.50
Mississippi 15% $11.50
Missouri 10% $11.00
Montana 50% $15.00
Nebraska 20% $12.00
Nevada 30% $13.00
New Hampshire 0% $10.00
New Jersey 30% $13.00
New Mexico 25% $12.50
New York 28.5% *See map for details $12.85
North Carolina 12.8% $11.28
North Dakota 28% $12.80
Ohio 17% $11.70
Oklahoma 1.2% $10.12
Oregon 65% 50¢/Cigar Tax Cap $10.50
Pennsylvania 0% $10.00
Rhode Island 80% 50¢/Cigar Tax Cap $10.50
South Carolina 5% $10.50
South Dakota 35% $13.50
Tennessee 6.6% $10.66
Texas 0.15% $10.02
Utah 86% $18.60
Vermont 92% $4/Cigar Tax Cap $14.00
Virginia 10% $11.00
Washington 95% 65¢/Cigar Tax Cap $10.65
West Virginia 7% $10.70
Wisconsin 71% 50¢/Cigar Tax Cap $10.50
Wyoming 20% $12.00
Washington D.C. 67% $16.70
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