Cigarette prices in New York and Connecticut are more expensive than any other state, due to the high excise taxes on tobacco products. At $4.35 per pack, this might be one of the reasons some people sought for alternatives, such as starter kits for e-cig products.
E-cigarettes, as Green Smart Living explains, help satisfy cravings without the harmful smoke and chemicals found in traditional cigarettes. These are compact, recyclable, rechargeable and eco-friendly.
In 2017, government data showed that fewer American adults are smoking cigarettes.
Kicking the Habit
Data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) showed that around 14% of adult Americans, or 30 million people, were cigarette smokers in the previous year. This represented an all-time low from the around 20% of the adult population in 2006.
Aside from the high-prices, the popularity of vaping products served as another reason why more people have switched to e-cigarettes before they kick the habit for good. Adult men are still more likely to smoke than women, with those between 45 and 64 years old being the most common age group of smokers. While some states have imposed excise taxes on e-cigarettes, it remains lower than tobacco taxes.
Minnesota and California charge the highest excise taxes on vapor products in terms of wholesale value, with 95% and 65.08%, respectively. On a per-unit and per-milliliter rate, Chicago imposes the largest levies at $0.80 and $0.55.
Unless you live in Missouri, where cigarette taxes are the lowest at $0.17 per pack, it makes sense to make the switch to e-cigarettes since they last longer. Overall, the average tax rate for a pack of 20 cigarettes, among all states, cost $1.70.
Whether or not taxes on cigarettes are high in your state, it may be in your best interest to find a cheaper alternative to save your health and wallet. E-cigarettes can help you quit if giving up nicotine immediately seems impossible in your case.