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Tobacco use in Missouri 2019

Cigarette use: Missouri

Cigarette use in Missouri

  • In 2017, 20.8% of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 17.1%.1
  • In 2017, 9.2% of high school students in Missouri smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 8.8%.2
Cigarette use in Missouri graph

Other tobacco product use: Missouri

E-cigarette and smokeless tobacco use in Missouri

  • In 2017, 5.1% of adults used e-cigarettes and 5.6% used smokeless tobacco.3
  • In 2017, 10.9% of high school students in Missouri used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 13.2%.2
  • In 2017, 6.1% of high school students in Missouri 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, 9.2% of high school students in Missouri 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 Missouri graph

Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

Economics of tobacco use in Missouri

  • Missouri received $258.9 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2019.4
  • Of this, the state allocated $48,500 in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2019, 0.1% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.4
  • Smoking-caused health care costs: $3.03 billion per year.4
  • Smoking-caused losses in productivity: $3.04 billion per year.5
Cigarette tobacco tax in Missouri graph

Missouri tobacco laws

Cigarette tax in Missouri

Tobacco taxes

  • Missouri is ranked 51st in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of 17 cents per pack (enacted August 1993) compared to the national average of $1.81. (The District of Columbia has the highest tax at $4.50).6-8
  • All other tobacco products are taxed at 10% of the manufacturer’s invoice price.6,7

Clean indoor air ordinances

  • Smoking is prohibited in schools (public schools only) and childcare facilities.7
  • Smoking restrictions are required in government workplaces, private workplaces, restaurants, retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities.7
  • There are no smoking restrictions for bars and casinos/gaming establishments.7
  • No smoke-free restrictions exist for e-cigarette use.9

Youth access laws

  • The minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Missouri 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
  • Establishments are required to post signs stating that sales to minors are prohibited.6

Local tobacco Laws

  • 17 municipalities in Missouri, including St. Louis County and Kansas City, have prohibited the sale of tobacco products to people under age 21.10
  • St. Louis prohibits the use of smokeless tobacco products at all sports venues, including Busch Stadium.11


Quitting statistics and benefits

Quitting statistics in Missouri

  • The CDC estimates 47.6% of daily adult smokers in Missouri 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**
  • Missouri’s state quit line invests 51 cents per smoker, compared to the national average of $2.21.7
  • Missouri 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 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. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. States and Localities that have Raised the Minimum Legal Sales Age for Tobacco Products to 21.

11. Knock Tobacco Out of the Park.