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Tobacco use in Maine 2019

Cigarette use: Maine*

Cigarette use in Maine

  • In 2017, 17.3% of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 17.1%.1
  • In 2017, 8.7% of high school students in Maine smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 8.8%.2
Cigarette use in Maine graphic

Other tobacco product use: Maine

E-cigarette and smokeless tobacco use in Maine

  • In 2017, 4.1% of adults used e-cigarettes and 3.3% used smokeless tobacco.3
  • In 2017, 15.8% of high school students in Maine used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 13.2%.2
  • In 2017, 5.0% of high school students in Maine 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, 7.7% of high school students in Maine smoke 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 Maine graphic

Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

Economics of tobacco use in Maine

  • Maine received $188.5 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2019.4
  • Of this, the state allocated $4.8 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2019, 30.4% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.4
  • Smoking-related health care costs: $811 million per year.4
  • Smoking-related losses in productivity: $647 million per year.5
Cigarette tobacco tax in Maine graph

Maine tobacco laws

Cigarette tax in Maine

Tobacco taxes

  • Maine is ranked 17th in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of $2 per pack (enacted September 2005), 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, including chewing tobacco and snuff, is taxed at a minimum of $2.02 per ounce. Cigars, pipe tobacco and other smoking tobacco are taxed at 20% of the wholesale price.6,7

Clean indoor air ordinances

  • Smoking is prohibited in all government and private workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, bars, retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities.6,7
  • Smoking restrictions are required in casinos/gaming establishments (tribal establishments are exempt).6,7
  • E-cigarettes are included in the state’s definition of smoking.9

Youth access laws

  • The minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Maine 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

Flavor laws

  • The sale of cigars with characterizing flavors is banned. Characterizing flavor is defined as having a distinguishable taste or aroma of candy, chocolate, vanilla, fruit, berry, nut, herb, spice, honey or an alcoholic drink. Menthol is exempted. Premium cigars, defined as cigars weighing more than three pounds per thousand cigars and wrapped in whole tobacco leaf, are exempt.10

Quitting statistics and benefits

Quitting statistics in Maine

  • The CDC estimates 48.7% of daily adult smokers in Maine 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**
  • Maine’s state quit line invests $14.64 per smoker, compared with the national average investment per smoker of $2.21.7
  • Maine has no 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.

10. Maine Revised Statutes. Title 22, Subtitle 2, Part 3, Chapter 262-A: Subchapter 5 - Flavored Cigars.