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Tobacco use in Arkansas 2019

Cigarette use: Arkansas*

Cigarette use in Arkansas

  • In 2017, 22.3% of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 17.1%.1
  • In 2017, 13.7% of high school students in Arkansas smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 8.8%.2
Cigarette use in Arkansas graphic

Other tobacco product use: Arkansas

E-cigarette and smokeless tobacco use in Arkansas

  • In 2017, 5.7% of adults used e-cigarettes and 6.7% used smokeless tobacco.3
  • In 2017, 13.9% of high school students in Arkansas used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 13.2%.2
  • In 2017, 12.7% of high school students in Arkansas used chewing tobacco, snuff or dip on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 5.5%.2
  • In 2017, 14.1% of high school students in Arkansas smoked cigars, cigarillos or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 8.0%.2
Other tobacco product use in Arkansas graphic

Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

Economics of tobacco use in Arkansas

  • Arkansas received $282.7 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2019.4
  • Of this, the state allocated $12 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2019, 32.7% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.4
  • Smoking-related health care costs: $1.21 billion per year.4
  • Smoking-related losses in productivity: $1.7 billion per year.5
Cigarette tobacco tax in Arkansas graph

Arkansas tobacco laws

Cigarette tax in Arkansas

Tobacco taxes

  • Arkansas is ranked 35th in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of $1.15 per pack (enacted March 2009), compared with the national average of $1.81. (The District of Columbia has the highest tax at $4.50 and Missouri has the lowest at 17 cents.) 6-8
  • All other tobacco products are taxed at 68% of the manufacturer’s list price.6

Clean indoor air ordinances

  • Smoking is prohibited in all government and private workplaces (nonpublic workplaces with three or fewer employees are exempt), schools, childcare facilities, retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities.7
  • Smoking restrictions are required in restaurants, bars and casinos/gaming establishments.7
  • The use of e-cigarettes is prohibited on school grounds, at off-campus school-sponsored events, at child care facilities, in school or childcare vehicles, in healthcare facilities, on each campus of state higher education institutions, and within 25 feet of state park buildings.9

Youth access laws

  • The minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Arkansas is 21. In December 2019, the United States adopted a law raising the federal minimum age of sale of all tobacco products to 21, effective immediately.
  • Establishments are required to post signs stating that sales to minors are prohibited.6
  • Only sales clerks can access tobacco products prior to their sale.6
  • Minors are prohibited from buying e-cigarettes or other nicotine products.6

Quitting statistics and benefits

Quitting statistics in Arkansas

  • The CDC estimates 55.8% of daily adult smokers in Arkansas quit smoking for one or more days in 2017.3
  • In 2014, the Affordable Care Act required that Medicaid programs cover all quit medications. However, there is not enough evidence that the Arkansas Medicaid program has complied with this requirement regarding NRT nasal spray, NRT lozenge and NRT inhaler.7**
  • Arkansas’ state quit line invests $2.85 per smoker, compared with the national average of $2.21.7
  • Arkansas does not have a private insurance mandate provision for quitting tobacco.7

Notes and references

*National and state-level prevalence numbers reflect the most recent data available. This may differ across state fact sheets.

**The seven recommended quitting medications are NRT gum, NRT patch, NRT nasal spray, NRT inhaler, NRT lozenge, Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (Zyban).
Fiore MC, et al. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Clinical Practice Guideline. Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service: May 2008.


1. CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2017.

2. CDC, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, 2017.

3. CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation System, 2017.

4. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Broken Promises to Our Children: a State-by-State Look at the 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 20 Years Later FY2019, 2018.

5. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Toll of Tobacco in the United States.

6. American Lung Association, State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues (SLATI).

7. American Lung Association, State of Tobacco Control, 2019.

8. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. State Cigarette Excise Tax Rates & Rankings.

9. Public Health Law Center. U.S. E-Cigarette Regulation: 50-State Review.

10. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. States and Localities that have Raised the Minimum Legal Sales Age for Tobacco Products to 21.