Good luck if you’re trying to kick the habit today. As a former smoker, I know how hard it is to quit. One of the things that makes it hard for Missourians to stop smoking is that one in four people light up around these parts. And one of the reasons there are so many local smokers is the incredibly low state tobacco tax. At just 17 cents per pack, cigarettes are super cheap here compared to most other places. For instance, New Yorkers shell out more than $10 for a pack of smokes while in the Show Me State the average cost is $4.50.