Tobacco use in Idaho 2020
Cigarette use: Idaho*
Cigarette smoking rates in Idaho
- In 2018, 14.7% of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 16.1%.1
- In 2019, 5.3% of high school students in Idaho smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 6.0%.2
Other tobacco product use: Idaho
Vaping rates in Idaho
- In 2018, 5.8% of adults in Idaho used e-cigarettes and 4.4% used smokeless tobacco.3
- In 2019, 21.5% of high school students in Idaho used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 32.7%.2
- In 2019, 3.4% 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 3.8%.2
- In 2019, 4.1% 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 5.7%.2
Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control
How much does Idaho get from tobacco taxes
- Idaho received $77.4 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2020.4
- Of this, the state allocated $3.7 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2020, 23.9% 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
Idaho tobacco laws
Cigarette tax in Idaho
- Idaho is ranked 46th in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of 57 cents per pack (enacted June 2003), compared with the national average of $1.82. (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
- Retailers and wholesalers are required to obtain a license to sell tobacco products.6
- A license is required to sell e-cigarette products.9
Youth access laws
- 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 smoking and vaping in Idaho
- The CDC estimates that 46.3% 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 $3.74 per smoker, compared with the national average of $2.14.7
- Idaho does not have a private insurance mandate provision for quitting tobacco.7
Notes and references
Updated August 2020
*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, 2018.
2. CDC, Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System, 2019.
3. CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation System, 2020.
4. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Broken Promises to Our Children: a State-by-State Look at the 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 21 Years Later FY2020, 2019.
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, 2020.
8. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. State Cigarette Excise Tax Rates & Rankings. https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/assets/factsheets/0097.pdf. Accessed.
9. Public Health Law Center. U.S. E-Cigarette Regulation: 50-State Review. http://www.publichealthlawcenter.org/resources/us-e-cigarette-regulations-50-state-review. Accessed.