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Tobacco use in Nevada 2019

Cigarette use: Nevada

Cigarette use in Nevada

  • In 2017, 17.6% of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 17.1%.1
  • In 2017, 6.7% of high school students in Nevada 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: Nevada

E-cigarette and smokeless tobacco product use in Nevada

  • In 2017, 5.4% of adults used e-cigarettes and 3.5% used smokeless tobacco.3
  • In 2017, 15.5% of high school students in Nevada used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 13.2%.2
  • In 2017, 3.0% of high school students in Nevada 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, 6.2% of high school students in Nevada 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 Nevada graphic

Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

Economics of tobacco use in Nevada

  • Nevada received $230.4 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2019.4
  • Of this, the state allocated $1 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2019, 3.2% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.4
  • Smoking-caused health care costs: $1.08 billion per year.4
  • Smoking-caused losses in productivity: $1.09 billion per year.5
Cigarette tobacco tax in Nevada graph

Nevada tobacco laws

Cigarette tax in Nevada

Tobacco taxes

  • Nevada is ranked 23rd in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of $1.80 per pack (enacted July 2015), 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 30% of the wholesale price.6,7

Clean indoor air ordinances

  • Smoking is prohibited in all government workplaces, private workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities.6,7
  • Smoking restrictions are required in bars (except bars or parts of bars if age-restricted).6,7
  • Smoking is allowed on casino floors, but prohibited anywhere children are allowed to be (tribal establishments are exempt).6,7
  • The use of e-cigarettes is prohibited within any procedure area of an invasive body decoration establishment.9

Youth access laws

  • The minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Nevada 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
  • Tobacco products must be displayed behind a register for clerk’s access only.6
  • Minors are prohibited from buying products made or derived from tobacco, including e-cigarettes.6

Quitting statistics and benefits

Quitting statistics in Nevada

  • The CDC estimates 46.6% of daily adult smokers in Nevada 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**
  • Nevada’s state quit line invests 75 cents per smoker, compared to the national average of $2.21.7
  • Nevada 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.