In Kentucky in 2009, the legislature enacted a doubling of all tobacco SET’s – a cigarette SET increase from 30 cents to 60 cents per pack, a large cigar SET increase from 8% to 15% of the wholesale price, and an MST SET increase from 9.5 cents per unit to 19 cents per unit.



Taxes and Revenue Information

Kentucky Tobacco Revenue

  • State Excise Tax on Cigarettes: $0.60
  • State Excise Tax on Smokeless Tobacco: $0.19/1.5 oz Banded
  • State Excise Tax on Little Cigars: 15% Wholesale Price
  • State Excise Tax on Large Cigars: 15%
  • Sales Tax on Cigarette Sales: $0.27


Kentucky Revenue from Cigarettes

  • Excise Tax Collected (2009): $196,124,108
  • Master Settlement Agreement (MSA Payments 2009): $126,500,000
  • Cigarette Sales Tax Revenue (2009): $125,364,280
  • Total Revenue Collected (2009): $447,988,388


Contact Your Local Representative


Visit the Kentucky State Website


Contact Governor Steve Beshear


View State Legislature Session Schedule

kentucky Cigarette Taxes

Source: Tax Burden on Tobacco, Historical Compilation, Vol 45, Orzechowski and Walker, Arlington, VA, 2010

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