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Tobacco use in Nevada 2020

Cigarette use: Nevada

Cigarette smoking rates in Nevada

  • In 2018, 15.7% of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 16.1%.1
  • In 2019, 3.6% of high school students in Nevada smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 6.0%.2
Cigarette use in Nevada graph

Other tobacco product use: Nevada

Vaping rates in Nevada

  • In 2017, 5.4% of adults in Nevada used e-cigarettes.3
  • In 2018, 3.4% of adults in Nevada used smokeless tobacco.3
  • In 2019, 24.1% of high school students in Nevada used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 32.7%.2
  • In 2019, 3.8% 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 3.8%.2
Other tobacco product use in Nevada graph

Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

How much does Nevada get from tobacco taxes

  • Nevada received $235.6 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2020.4
  • Of this, the state allocated $3.5 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2020, 11.5% 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
Nevada cigarette tax 2020 graph

Nevada tobacco laws

Nevada cigarette tax

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 $1.82. (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) and casino/gaming establishments (tribal establishments are exempt).6,7
  • E-cigarettes are included in the state’s definition of smoking. 9

Licensing laws

  • Retailers and wholesalers are required to obtain a license to sell tobacco products.6
  • A license is required to sell e-cigarette products.9

Youth access laws

  • 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 smoking and vaping in Nevada

  • The CDC estimates 49.0% of daily adult smokers in Nevada quit smoking for one or more days in 2018.3
  • In 2014, the Affordable Care Act required that Medicaid programs cover all tobacco cessation medications.7**
  • Nevada’s state quit line invests $1.00 per smoker, compared to the national average of $2.14.7
  • Nevada does not have a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.7

Notes and references

Updated August 2020

*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, 2018.

2. CDC, Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System, 2019.

3. CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation System, 2020.

4. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Broken Promises to Our Children: a State-by-State Look at the 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 21 Years Later FY2020, 2019.

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, 2020.

8. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. State Cigarette Excise Tax Rates & Rankings. Accessed.

9. Public Health Law Center. U.S. E-Cigarette Regulation: 50-State Review. Accessed.