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Tobacco use in New Hampshire 2023

Cigarette use: New Hampshire*

Smoking rate in New Hampshire

  • In 2022, 11.2% of adults in New Hampshire smoked. Nationally, adult smoking prevalence was 14.0%.1
  • In 2019, 5.5% of high school students in New Hampshire smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, youth smoking prevalence was 6.0%.2

Other tobacco product use: New Hampshire*

Vaping rate in New Hampshire

  • In 2022, 7.0% of adults in New Hampshire used e-cigarettes. Nationally, adult e-cigarette use prevalence was 7.7%1
  • In 2022, 1.8% of adults in New Hampshire used smokeless tobacco every day or some days. Nationally, adult smokeless tobacco use prevalence was 3.4% 1
  • In 2021, 16.2% of high school students in New Hampshire used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, e-cigarette use prevalence among high school students was 18%.2

Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

Tobacco taxes in New Hampshire

  • New Hampshire received $274.9 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2023.4
  • Of this, the state allocated $490,000 in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2023 3% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.4
  • Smoking-caused health care costs: $847 million per year.4
  • Smoking-caused losses in productivity: $1.5 billion per year.5

New Hampshire tobacco laws

New Hampshire tobacco laws

Tobacco taxes

  • New Hampshire is ranked 26th in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of $1.78 per pack (enacted August 2013), compared to the national average of $1.93. (New York has the highest tax at $5.35 and Missouri has the lowest at 17 cents.)6-8
  • Little cigars are taxed at $1.78 per 20 cigars.6
  • Roll-your-own tobacco is taxed at 8.9 cents per 0.09 ounces.6
  • Loose tobacco, smokeless tobacco, snuff and cigars (not including premium cigars) are taxed at 65.03% of the wholesale sales price.6

Clean indoor air ordinances

  • Smoking is prohibited in all public schools, childcare facilities, restaurants and bars (allowed in cigar shops and allows for an economic hardship waiver).6,7
  • Smoking restrictions are required in government workplaces, private workplaces, casinos/gaming establishments, retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities.6,7
  • E-cigarettes is 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.7
  • Establishments are required to post signs stating that sales to minors are prohibited.6
  • Minors are prohibited from buying e-cigarettes.6

Quitting statistics and benefits

Quitting smoking and vaping in New Hampshire

Updated June 2023

* The datasets for both adults and youth prevalence were used to make direct comparisons at the state and national levels. National prevalence reported here may differ from what is reported in our national-level fact sheets. The numbers here also reflect the most recent data available. Dates of available data 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, 2022.

2.         CDC, Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System, 2021.

3.         CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation System, 2021.

4.         Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Broken Promises to Our Children: a State-by-State Look at the 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 24 Years Later FY2023, 2023.

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, 2023.

8.         Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. State Cigarette Excise Tax Rates & Rankings. Accessed October 4th, 2023.

9.         Public Health Law Center. U.S. E-Cigarette Regulation: 50-State Review. Accessed October 4th, 2023