The Dirty Dozen: 12 States That Bet Big on Sin

By Nikhil Hutheesing - 2013-06-26T17:36:00Z

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New Hampshire

Sin Taxes, Percentage of Revenue: 10.2%
Total Sin Tax Revenue (2012): $225.4 million

The “Live Free or Die” state has among the lowest sin tax rates in the country, although these taxes generated 10.2 percent of New Hampshire’s total tax revenue in 2012, the greatest percentage of any state. When it comes to tobacco taxes, the state may have cut just a little too much. In July 2011 the tax on cigarettes was cut from $1.78 per pack to $1.68, leading to a loss of $10.6 million in revenue, according to Linda Hodgdon, the state’s commissioner. The tax is going back to $1.78 per pack in August. The revenue goes to the state’s general fund and Educational Trust Fund.