Tobacco use in Kansas 2020
Cigarette use: Kansas*
Cigarette smoking rate in Kansas
- In 2018, 17.3% of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 16.1%.1
- In 2019, 5.8% of high school students in Kansas smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 6.0%.2
Other tobacco product use: Kansas
Vaping rates in Kansas
- In 2017, 4.6% of adults in Kansas used e-cigarettes.3
- In 2018, 5.8% of adults in Kansas used smokeless tobacco.3
- In 2019, 22.0% of high school students in Kansas used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 32.7%.2
- In 2019, 4.5% of high school students in Kansas 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, 5.5% of high school students in Kansas 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 Kansas get from tobacco taxes
- Kansas received $184.7 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2020.4
- Of this, the state allocated $1.0 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2020, 3.6% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.4
- Smoking-related health care costs: $1.12 billion per year4
- Smoking-related losses in productivity:$1.09 billion per year5
Kansas tobacco laws
Kansas cigarette tax
- Kansas is ranked 33rd in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of $1.29 per pack (enacted July 2015), 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 10% of the wholesale price.6,7
Clean indoor air ordinances
- Smoking is prohibited in all government workplaces, private workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, bars, retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities.7
- Smoking restrictions are required in casinos/gaming establishments (casino floors and tribal establishments are exempt).7
- There are no smoke-free restrictions for e-cigarette use.9
- Wholesalers are required to obtain a license to sell tobacco products. Retailers are required to obtain a license to sell cigarettes, but are not required to obtain a license to sell other tobacco products except e-cigarettes.6
- Retailers and vending machine distributors are required to obtain a license 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.
- Establishments are required to post signs stating that sales to minors are prohibited.6,7
Quitting statistics and benefits
Quitting smoking and vaping in Kansas
- The CDC estimates 47.4% of daily adult smokers in Kansas quit smoking for one or more days in 2018.3
- In 2014, the Affordable Care Act required that Medicaid programs cover all quit medications.7**
- Kansas’s state quit line invests 54 cents per smoker, compared with the national of $2.14.7
- Kansas 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.