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Tobacco use in Indiana 2019

Cigarette use: Indiana*

Cigarette use in Indiana

  • In 2017, 21.8% of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 17.1%.1
  • In 2015, 11.2% of high school students in Indiana smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 10.8%.2
Cigarette use in Indiana graphic

Other tobacco product use: Indiana

E-cigarette and smokeless tobacco use in Indiana

  • In 2017, 6.0% of adults used e-cigarettes and 4.9% used smokeless tobacco.3
  • In 2015, 23.9% of high school students in Indiana used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 24.1%.2
  • In 2015, 9.4% of high school students in Indiana used chewing tobacco, snuff or dip on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 7.3%.2
  • In 2015, 11.4% of high school students in Indiana smoked cigars, cigarillos or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 10.3%.2
Other tobacco product use in Indiana graphic

Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

Economics of tobacco use in Indiana

  • Indiana received $556.9 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2019.4
  • Of this, the state allocated $7.5 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2019, 10.2% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.4
  • Smoking-related health care costs: $2.93 billion per year4
  • Smoking-related losses in productivity: $3.17 billion per year5
Cigarette tobacco tax in Indiana graph

Indiana tobacco laws

Cigarette tax in Indiana

Tobacco taxes

  • Indiana is ranked 38th in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of 99.5 cents per pack of 20 cigarettes (enacted July 2007), 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
  • Moist snuff is taxed at 40 cents per ounce. All other tobacco products are taxed at 24% of the wholesale price.6,7

Clean indoor air ordinances

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

Youth access laws

  • The minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Indiana 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.6,7
  • Minors are prohibited from buying electronic smoking devices, including e-cigarettes.6,7

Quitting statistics and benefits

Quitting statistics in Indiana

  • The CDC estimates 47.1% of adult every day smokers in Indiana 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**
  • Indiana’s state quit line invests $1.39 per smoker, compared with the national average of $2.21.7
  • Indiana 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 Behavioral Surveillance System, 2015.

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.