Soda isn't the only thing under attack from governments. Many states use alcohol and tobacco taxes to raise revenue. The following is a list of which states earn the most tax revenue per person from alcohol and tobacco. The rankings are based on 2011 U.S. Census data on state tax revenue in the fourth quarter.

51 Missouri

Total state tax revenue: $2,486,396,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $35,141,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 1.41%

Total Population: 5,988,927

Revenue collected per person: $5.87

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50 Nebraska
jimmywayne via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $1,004,369,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $15,794,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 1.57%

Total Population: 1,826,341

Revenue collected per person: $8.65

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49 Idaho
J. Stephen Conn via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $802,020,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $14,291,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 1.78%

Total Population: 1,567,582

Revenue collected per person: $9.12

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48 South Carolina
Joe Shlabotnik via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $2,109,861,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $45,279,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 2.15%

Total Population: 4,625,364

Revenue collected per person: $9.79

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47 California
Omar Omar via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $25,556,383,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $366,963,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 1.44%

Total Population: 37,253,956

Revenue collected per person: $9.85

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46 Louisiana
SutSteeger via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $1,986,044,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $46,038,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 2.32%

Total Population: 4,533,372

Revenue collected per person: $10.16


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45 Georgia
k1ng via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $4,296,899,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $100,420,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 2.34%

Total Population: 9,687,653

Revenue collected per person: $10.37

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44 Virginia

Total state tax revenue: $4,412,131,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $91,194,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 2.07%

Total Population: 8,001,024

Revenue collected per person: $11.40

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43 Florida
StuSteeger via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $8,021,878,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $226,995,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 2.83%

Total Population: 18,801,310

Revenue collected per person: $12.07

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42 Colorado
J. Stephen Conn via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $2,294,559,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $61,570,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 2.68%

Total Population: 5,029,196

Revenue collected per person: $12.24

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41 Wyoming

Total state tax revenue: $593,678,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $7,399,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 1.25%

Total Population: 563,626

Revenue collected per person: $13.13

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40 North Dakota
Michael R. Allen via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $1,282,219,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $9,574,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 0.75%

Total Population: 672,591

Revenue collected per person: $14.23

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39 Utah

Total state tax revenue: $1,348,914,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $40,398,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 2.99%

Total Population: 2,763,885

Revenue collected per person: $14.62

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38 Arizona
AI_HikesAZ via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $2,886,852,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $98,647,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 3.42%

Total Population: 6,392,017

Revenue collected per person: $15.43

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37 North Carolina
taberandrew via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $5,552,400,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $151,755,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 2.73%

Total Population: 9,535,483

Revenue collected per person: $15.91

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36 New Mexico

Total state tax revenue: $1,342,706,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $33,572,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 2.5%

Total Population: 2,059,179

Revenue collected per person: $16.3

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35 Tennessee
Reading Tom via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $2,615,561,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $104,307,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 3.99%

Total Population: 6,346,105

Revenue collected per person: $16.44

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34 Illinois
jimmywayne via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $8,616,585,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $211,073,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 2.45%

Total Population: 12,830,632

Revenue collected per person: $16.45

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33 Mississippi

Total state tax revenue: $1,667,240,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $49,201,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 2.95%

Total Population: 2,967,297

Revenue collected per person: $16.58

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32 Alabama
Willamor Media via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $2,181,937,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $79,927,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 3.66%

Total Population: 4,779,736

Revenue collected per person: $16.72

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31 Washington D.C.
wallyg via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $789,537,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $10,129,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 1.28%

Total Population: 601,723

Revenue collected per person: $16.83

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30 Oregon
digging90650 via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $2,014,542,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $68,419,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 3.4%

Total Population: 3,831,074

Revenue collected per person: $17.86

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29 Nevada

Total state tax revenue: $1,994,511,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $50,173,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 2.52%

Total Population: 2,700,551

Revenue collected per person: $18.58

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28 Kansas

Total state tax revenue: $1,762,469,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $54,617,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 3.1%

Total Population: 2,853,118

Revenue collected per person: $19.14

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27 Maryland

Total state tax revenue: $4,257,004,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $111,311,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 2.61%

Total Population: 5,773,552

Revenue collected per person: $19.28

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26 Indiana
Dougtone via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $3,661,271,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $127,270,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 3.48%

Total Population: 6,483,802

Revenue collected per person: $19.63

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25 Ohio
OZinOH via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $6,311,018,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $230,029,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 3.64%

Total Population: 11,536,504

Revenue collected per person: $19.94

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24 Kentucky
OZinOH via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $2,676,158,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $96,189,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 3.59%

Total Population: 4,339,367

Revenue collected per person: $22.17

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23 Minnesota

Total state tax revenue: $5,242,220,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $117,780,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 2.25%

Total Population: 5,303,925

Revenue collected per person: $22.21

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22 Iowa
J. Stephen Conn via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $1,879,057,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $67,911,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 3.61%

Total Population: 3,046,355

Revenue collected per person: $22.29

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21 Texas

Total state tax revenue: $10,455,577,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $589,194,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 5.64%

Total Population: 25,145,561

Revenue collected per person: $23.43

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20 South Dakota

Total state tax revenue: $376,636,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $19,153,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 5.09%

Total Population: 814,180

Revenue collected per person: $23.52

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19 New Jersey
Dougtone via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $6,206,130,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $219,547,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 3.54%

Total Population: 8,791,894

Revenue collected per person: $24.97

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18 New York
wallyg via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $14,556,395,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $487,571,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 3.35%

Total Population: 19,378,102

Revenue collected per person: $25.16

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17 Massachusetts
ShellyS via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $5,132,869,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $166,542,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 3.24%

Total Population: 6,547,629

Revenue collected per person: $25.44

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16 Arkansas

Total state tax revenue: $2,241,331,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $75,196,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 3.35%

Total Population: 2,915,918

Revenue collected per person: $25.79

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15 Oklahoma

Total state tax revenue: $2,046,940,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $97,526,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 4.76%

Total Population: 3,751,351

Revenue collected per person: $26


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14 Michigan

Total state tax revenue: $6,071,688,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $275,365,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 4.54%

Total Population: 9,883,640

Revenue collected per person: $27.86


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13 West Virginia

Total state tax revenue: $1,229,990,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $54,384,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 4.42%

Total Population: 1,852,994

Revenue collected per person: $29.35

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12 Pennsylvania
vic15 via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $6,856,015,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $379,198,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 5.53%

Total Population: 12,702,379

Revenue collected per person: $29.85

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11 Washington
jmd41280 via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $3,969,171,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $202,532,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 5.1%

Total Population: 6,724,540

Revenue collected per person: $30.12

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10 Maine

Total state tax revenue: $932,982,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $40,304,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 4.32%

Total Population: 1,328,361

Revenue collected per person: $30.34

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9 Montana
J. Stephen Conn via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $610,209,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $30,570,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 5.01%

Total Population: 989,415

Revenue collected per person: $30.90

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8 Wisconsin
mischiru via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $3,992,758,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $180,117,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 4.51%

Total Population: 5,686,986

Revenue collected per person: $31.67

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7 Hawaii

Total state tax revenue: $1,245,543,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $43,406,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 3.48%

Total Population: 1,360,301

Revenue collected per person: $31.91

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6 Connecticut
Dougtone via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $3,407,509,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $123,402,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 3.62%

Total Population: 3,574,097

Revenue collected per person: $34.53


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5 Rhode Island
jimmywayne via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $614,456,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $36,742,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 5.98%

Total Population: 1,052,567

Revenue collected per person: $34.91

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4 Alaska
blmiers2 via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $1,419,137,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $25,384,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 1.79%

Total Population: 710,231

Revenue collected per person: $35.74

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3 Vermont
Dougtone via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $491,022,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $25,179,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 5.13%

Total Population: 625,741

Revenue collected per person: $40.24

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2 Delaware

Total state tax revenue: $662,451,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $37,768,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 5.7%

Total Population: 897,934

Revenue collected per person: $42.06

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1 New Hampshire
jimmywayne via Flickr

Total state tax revenue: $397,446,000

Total revenue from alcohol and tobacco tax: $64,753,000

Percent of revenue from Alcohol and Tobacco taxes: 16.29%

Total Population: 1,316,470

Revenue collected per person: $49.19


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