July 18, 2012
Cigarettes sold in Northern Virginia, with the exception of Arlington, fall under the jurisdiction of the Northern Virginia Cigarette Tax Board. A tax stamp is affixed to the bottom of every pack of cigarettes, with a roll number that NVCTB enforcement agents can check to determine if proper tax has been paid within a specific locality. In Northern Virginia local taxes can range from a low of 15 cents in Warrenton to a high of 85 cents in Fairfax City.
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Virginia has long been known as a tobacco-friendly state. Tobacco was one of the first major commercial products for New World European settlers, and the state remains one of the largest producers today. Virginia is also home to some of the cheapest cigarettes in the country.