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Tobacco use in Louisiana 2019

Cigarette use: Louisiana*

Cigarette use in Louisiana

  • In 2017, 23.1% of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 17.1%.1
  • In 2017, 12.3% of high school students in Louisiana smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 8.8%.2
Cigarette use in Louisiana graphic

Other tobacco product use: Louisiana

E-cigarette and smokeless tobacco use in Louisiana

  • In 2017, 4.5% of adults used e-cigarettes and 6.1% used smokeless tobacco.3
  • In 2017, 12.2% of high school students in Louisiana used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 13.2%.2
  • In 2017, 10.7% of high school students in Louisiana 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, 11.0% of high school students in Louisiana 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 Louisiana graphic

Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

Economics of tobacco use in Kentucky

  • Louisiana received $459.6 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2019.4
  • Of this, the state allocated $5.4 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2019, 9.0% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.4
  • Smoking-related health care costs: $1.89 billion per year.4
  • Smoking-related losses in productivity: $2.49 billion per year.5
Cigarette tobacco tax in Louisiana graph

Louisiana tobacco laws

Cigarette tax in Louisiana

Tobacco taxes

  • Louisiana is ranked 37th in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of $1.08 per pack (enacted April 2016), 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
  • Smokeless tobacco is taxed at 20% of the invoice price and smoking tobacco is taxed at 33% of the invoice price. Cigars are taxed between 8% and 20%, depending on the manufacturer’s invoice price. E-cigarettes and vapor products are taxed at 5 cents per milliliter of consumable nicotine liquid solution.5,6

Clean indoor air ordinances

  • Smoking is prohibited in all government and private workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities.6
  • Smoking restrictions are required in casinos/gaming establishments (tribal establishments are exempt). Smoking restrictions are not required in bars.6
  • There are municipalities in Louisiana with local 100% smoke-free laws, including bars.
  • The use of e-cigarettes is prohibited on any school property.9

Youth access laws

  • The minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Louisiana 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 alternative nicotine products, vaporizers and e-cigarettes.5

Quitting statistics and benefits

Quitting statistics in Louisiana

  • The CDC estimates 55.7% of daily adult smokers in Louisiana 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**
  • Louisiana’s state quit line invests $1.27 per smoker, compared with the national average investment per smoker of $2.21.7
  • Louisiana 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.