The Dirty Dozen: 12 States That Bet Big on Sin

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

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Sin Taxes, Percentage of Revenue: 4.51%
Total Sin Tax Revenue (2012): $398.2 million

Oklahoma residents can buy a carton of cigarettes for $10 less if they head to a tribal smoke shop instead of other retailers. The shops are allowed to charge “border” tobacco tax rates of only 6 cents per pack, compared with $1.03 at nontribal stores. Governor Mary Fallin wants to put an end to that. If things go her way, new tax agreements may lead to increased revenue. State lawmakers have also proposed a tax on e-cigarettes. Electronic cigarette manufacturers claim that such a tax will only induce smokers to stick with tobacco. Over the past decade, sin tax revenue has risen 182.1 percent in Oklahoma.