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Tobacco use in Maryland 2019

Cigarette use: Maryland

Cigarette use in Maryland

  • In 2017, 13.9% of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 17.1%.1
  • In 2017, 8.2% of high school students in Maryland smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 8.8%.2
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Other tobacco product use: Maryland

E-cigarette and smokeless tobacco use in Maryland

  • In 2017, 3.3% of adults used e-cigarettes and 1.6% used smokeless tobacco.3
  • In 2017, 13.3% of high school students in Maryland used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 13.2%.2
  • In 2017, 6.2% of high school students in Maryland 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, 9.0% of high school students in Maryland smoked cigars, cigarillos or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 8.0%.2
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Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

Economics of tobacco use in Maryland

  • Maryland received $525 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2019.4
  • Of this, the state allocated $10.5 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2019, 21.8% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.4
  • Smoking-related health care costs: $2.71 billion per year.4
  • Smoking-related losses in productivity: $2.22 billion per year.5
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Maryland tobacco laws

Cigarette tax in Maryland

Tobacco taxes

  • Maryland is ranked 16th in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of $2 per pack (enacted January 2008), compared with the national average of $1.79. (The District of Columbia has the highest tax at $4.50 and Missouri has the lowest at 17 cents.)6-8
  • Cigars are taxed at 70% of the wholesale price and premium cigars are taxed at 15% of the wholesale price. All other tobacco products are taxed at 30% of the manufacturer’s list price.6,7

Clean indoor air ordinances

  • Smoking is prohibited in all government and private workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, bars, casinos/gaming establishments, retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities.7
  • No smoke-free restrictions exist for e-cigarette use.9

Youth access laws

  • The minimum age of sale for tobacco products in Maryland is 21, beginning Oct. 1, 2019. Active duty military are exempt.10
  • Minors are prohibited from buying electronic smoking devices, including e-cigarettes.6,7

Quitting statistics and benefits

Quitting statistics in Maryland

  • The CDC estimates that 50.4% of daily adult smokers in Maryland 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**
  • Maryland’s state quit line invests $3.39 per smoker, compared with the national average investment per smoker of $2.21.7
  • Maryland does have a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.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.  https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/assets/factsheets/0097.pdf.

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.

10. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. States and Localities that have Raised the Minimum Legal Sales Age for Tobacco Products to 21.  https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/assets/content/what_we_do/state_local_issues/sales_21/states_localities_MLSA_21.pdf.