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Tobacco use in Idaho 2019

Cigarette use: Idaho*

Cigarette use in Idaho

  • In 2017, 14.4% of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 17.1%.1
  • In 2017, 9.1% of high school students in Idaho smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 8.8%.2
Cigarette use in Idaho graphic

Other tobacco product use: Idaho

E-cigarette and smokeless tobacco use in Idaho

  • In 2017, 4.6% of adults used e-cigarettes and 5.3% used smokeless tobacco.3
  • In 2017, 14.3% of high school students in Idaho used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 13.2%.2
  • In 2017, 4.7% of high school students in Idaho 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, 6.3% of high school students in Idaho 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 Idaho graphic

Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

Economics of tobacco use in Idaho

  • Idaho received $76.7 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2019.4
  • Of this, the state allocated $3.6 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2019, 23.3% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.4
  • Smoking-related health care costs: $508 million per year4
  • Smoking-related losses in productivity: $433.9 million per year5
Cigarette tobacco tax in Idaho graph

Idaho tobacco laws

Cigarette tax in Idaho

Tobacco taxes

  • Idaho is ranked 45th in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of 57 cents per pack (enacted June 2003), 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 40% of the manufacturer’s list price.6,7

Clean indoor air ordinances

  • Smoking is prohibited in all government workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, casinos/gaming establishments (tribal establishments exempt), retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities.6,7
  • Smoking restrictions are required in private workplaces.6,7
  • There are no smoking restrictions in bars.7
  • No smoke-free restrictions exist for e-cigarette use.9

Youth access laws

  • The minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Idaho 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.
  • Only sale clerks are allowed to access tobacco products prior to sale.6,7
  • Establishments are required to post signs stating that sales to minors are prohibited.6,7

Quitting statistics and benefits

Quitting statistics in Idaho

  • The CDC estimates that 49% of daily adult smokers in Idaho quit smoking for one or more days in 2017.3
  • In 2014, the Affordable Care Act required that Medicaid programs cover all quit medications.7**
  • Idaho’s state quit line invests $4.52 per smoker, compared with the national average of $2.21.7
  • Idaho does not have a private insurance mandate provision for quitting tobacco.7

Notes and references

Updated April 2019

*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.