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Tobacco use in Mississippi 2019

Cigarette use: Mississippi

Cigarette use in Mississippi

  • In 2017, 22.2% of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 17.1%.1
  • In 2015, 15.2% of high school students in Mississippi smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 15.7%.2
Cigarette use in Mississippi graph

Other tobacco product use: Mississippi

E-cigarette and smokeless tobacco use in Mississippi

  • In 2017, 4.9% of adults used e-cigarettes and 7.2% used smokeless tobacco.3
  • In 2015, 22.9% of high school students in Mississippi used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 24.1%.2
  • In 2015, 11.6% of high school students in Mississippi 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, 16.5% of high school students in Mississippi 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 Mississippi graph

Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

Economics of tobacco use in Mississippi

  • Mississippi received $248.4 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2019.3
  • Of this, the state allocated $8.4 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2019, 23.1% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.3
  • Smoking-caused health care costs: $1.23 billion per year.4
  • Smoking-caused losses in productivity: $1.80 billion per year.5
Cigarette tobacco tax in Mississippi graph

Mississippi tobacco laws

Cigarette tax in Mississippi

Tobacco taxes

  • Mississippi is ranked 40th in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of 68 cents per pack (enacted May 2009), compared to 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
  • All other tobacco products are taxed at 15% of the manufacturer’s list price.6,7

Clean indoor air ordinances

  • Smoking is prohibited in schools (public schools only) and childcare facilities.6
  • Smoking restrictions are required in government workplaces and at public facilities where an organized athletic event for persons under 18 is taking place.6,7
  • There are no smoking restrictions for private workplaces, restaurants, bars, casinos/gaming establishments, retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities.6
  • No smoke-free restrictions exist for e-cigarette use.9

Youth access laws

  • The minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Mississippi 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.
  • Minors are prohibited from buying nicotine delivery products, including e-cigarettes.6

Quitting statistics and benefits

Quitting statistics in Mississippi

  • The CDC estimates 49.9% of daily adult smokers in Mississippi quit smoking for one or more days in 2017.3
  • In 2014, the Affordable Care Act required that Medicaid programs cover all tobacco cessation medications.7**
  • Mississippi’s state quit line invests $2.30 per smoker, compared to the national average of $2.21.7
  • Mississippi does not 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 cessation 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.