Tax hike on cigarettes goes into effect. TweetShareGoogle+Email By Jasmyn Belcher Oswego, New York – Smokers in New York State are now paying the highest cigarette tax in the nation. The state's tax on a pack of cigarettes has increased from $1.50 to $2.75. WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher has more. TweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread.