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Tobacco use in Montana 2019

Cigarette use: Montana

Cigarette use in Montana

  • In 2017, 17.2% of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 17.1%.1
  • In 2017, 12.1% of high school students in Montana smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 8.8%.2
Cigarette use in Montana graph

Other tobacco product use: Montana

E-cigarette and smokeless tobacco use in Montana

  • In 2017, 3.9% of adults used e-cigarettes and 7.9% used smokeless tobacco.3
  • In 2017, 22.5% of high school students in Montana used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 13.2%.2
  • In 2017, 9.8% of high school students in Montana 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, 12.9% of high school students in Montana 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 Montana graph

Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

Economics of tobacco use in Montana

  • Montana received $108.5 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2019.4
  • Of this, the state allocated $5 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2019, 34% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.4
  • Smoking-caused health care costs: $440 million per year.4
  • Smoking-caused losses in productivity: $368.9 million per year.5
Cigarette tobacco tax in Montana graph

Montana tobacco laws

Cigarette tax in Montana

Tobacco taxes

  • Montana is ranked 25th in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of $1.70 per pack (enacted January 2005), 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
  • Moist snuff is taxed at 85 cents per ounce and a proportionate rate on all fractional parts of an ounce. All other tobacco products are taxed at 50% of the wholesale price.6,7

Clean indoor air ordinances

  • Smoking is prohibited in all government workplaces, private workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, bars, casinos/gaming establishments (tribal establishments are exempt), retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities.6,7
  • No smoke-free restrictions exist for e-cigarette use.9

Youth access laws

  • The minimum age of sale for tobacco products in Montana is 18.7
  • Establishments are required to post signs stating that sales to minors are prohibited.6

Quitting statistics and benefits

Quitting statistics in Montana

  • The CDC estimates 47.2% of daily adult smokers in Montana 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**
  • Montana’s state quit line invests $4.69 per smoker, compared to the national average of $2.21.7
  • Montana 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.  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.