Cigarette smokers know very well the tax burden they shoulder.
In Pennsylvania, the rate is $1.60 per pack, well above the national rate of $1.45 per pack.
It could be worse.
In New York, the tax rate is $4.35 per pack. Rhode Island imposes a $3.46 per pack tax.
When it comes to tobacco, Pennsylvania does have one distinction. It's the only state in the nation that doesn't tax smokeless tobacco.