slides: The New England States That Smuggle The Most Tobacco

Saturday, December 21, 2013

According to a study on tobacco taxation and sales, there is a growing trend in bootlegged cigarette sales across the United States. As tobacco taxes rise in many states, so does the incentive to import cigarettes from neighboring states with lower taxes for resale.

Read the full article here

The Michigan-based, conservative-leaning Mackinac Center has researched tobacco smuggling in the contiguous United States every two years since 2008. The latest study released this year includes data from 2011.

 

See which New England states have the highest percentage of "black market" cigarette sales in the slides below.

  • 6. New Hampshire

    National Rank (1 is Most): 47

    2011 Consumption Smuggled*: -26.8%

    2006 Consumption Smuggled*:-29.7%

    2011 Cigarette Tax Rate (Per Pack): $1.68

     

    *Positive is inflow (smuggled in), Negative is outflow (smuggled out)

     
  • 5. Vermont

    National Rank (1 is Most): 40

    2011 Consumption Smuggled*: -16.9%

    2006 Consumption Smuggled*: 4.5%

    2011 Cigarette Tax Rate (Per Pack): $2.24

     

    *Positive is inflow (smuggled in), Negative is outflow (smuggled out)

     
  • 4. Maine

    National Rank (1 is Most): 23

    2011 Consumption Smuggled*: 13.7%

    2006 Consumption Smuggled*: 16.6%

    2011 Cigarette Tax Rate (Per Pack): $2.00

     

    *Positive is inflow (smuggled in), Negative is outflow (smuggled out)

     
  • 3. Massachusetts

    National Rank (1 is Most): 19

    2011 Consumption Smuggled*: 18.1%

    2006 Consumption Smuggled*: 17.5%

    2011 Cigarette Tax Rate (Per Pack): $2.51

     

    *Positive is inflow (smuggled in), Negative is outflow (smuggled out)

     
  • 2. Connecticut

    Overall Rank (1 is Most): 14

    2011 Consumption Smuggled*: 22.2%

    2006 Consumption Smuggled*: 12.3%

    2011 Cigarette Tax Rate (Per Pack): $3.00

     

    *Positive is inflow (smuggled in), Negative is outflow (smuggled out)

     
  • 1. Rhode Island

    Overall Rank (1 is Most): 5

    2011 Consumption Smuggled*: 39.8%

    2006 Consumption Smuggled*: 43.2%

    2011 Cigarette Tax Rate (Per Pack): $3.46

     

    *Positive is inflow (smuggled in), Negative is outflow (smuggled out)