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Tobacco use in New Jersey 2023

Cigarette use: New Jersey*

Smoking rate in New Jersey

  • In 2022, 10.4% of adults in New Jersey smoked. Nationally, adult smoking prevalence was 14.0%.1
  • In 2021, 3.7% of high school students in New Jersey smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, youth smoking prevalence was 3.8%.2

Other tobacco product use: New Jersey*

Vaping rate in New Jersey

  • In 2022, 6.2% of adults in New Jersey used e-cigarettes. Nationally, adult smoking prevalence was 7.7%1
  • In 2022, 1.6% of adults in New Jersey used smokeless tobacco every day or some days. Nationally, adult smokeless tobacco use prevalence was 3.4%1
  • In 2021, 21.6% of high school students in New Jersey used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 18.0%.2

Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

Tobacco taxes in New Jersey

  • New Jersey received $829.7 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2022.3
  • Of this, the state allocated $7.1 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2022, 6.9% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.3
  • Smoking-caused health care costs: $4.72 billion per year.3
  • Smoking-caused losses in productivity: $8.9 billion per year.4

New Jersey tobacco laws

New Jersey tobacco laws

Tobacco taxes

  • New Jersey is ranked 14th in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of $2.70 per pack (enacted July 2009), compared to the national average $1.93. (New York has the highest tax at $5.35 and Missouri has the lowest at 17 cents.)5-7
  • Moist snuff is taxed at 75 cents per ounce. Liquid nicotine is taxed at 10 cents per milliliter. Container e-liquid is taxed at 10% of the retail sales price. All other tobacco products are taxed at 30% of the wholesale price.5 

Clean indoor air ordinances

  • Smoking is prohibited in all government workplaces, private workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, bars (allowed in cigar bars/lounges), retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities. Smoking restrictions are required in casinos and gaming establishments.5,6
  • Smoking is prohibited in indoor areas of horse tracks. Atlantic City has an ordinance restricting smoking to 25% of the gaming floors of casinos.5,6
  • E-cigarettes is included in the state’s definition of smoking.8
  • Children’s Group Homes must prohibit use of electronic smoking devices by children and staff sale/distribution of such devices to children.8
  • Use of electronic cigarettes prohibited in Atlantic City International Airport similar to smoking.8

Flavor restrictions

  • The sale of all flavored vapor products is prohibited.9

Licensing laws

  • Retailers and wholesalers are required to obtain a license to sell tobacco products.5
  • A license is not required to sell e-cigarettes, but is to sell container e-liquid.8

Point of sale laws

  • Retailers are prohibited from using coupons, price reductions, and rebates related to the sale of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.10

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 and those who sell tobacco products to those under 21 will be fined and could face suspension or revocation of their tobacco license. The sign must also state that proof of age may be required for purchase of tobacco products.5
  • Advertising of e-cigarettes is prohibited on NJ Transit.9

Local tobacco laws

  • Secaucus limits the number of licenses for retail electronic smoking establishments to 9. As of 2022, there are currently 11 issued.11

Quitting statistics and benefits

Quitting smoking and vaping in New Jersey

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, 2019.

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

3.         Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Broken Promises to Our Children: a State-by-State Look at the 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 22 Years Later FY2021, 2020.

4.         Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Toll of Tobacco in the United States.

5.         American Lung Association, State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues (SLATI).

6.         American Lung Association, State of Tobacco Control, 2021.

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

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

9.         Truth Initiative, Local restrictions on flavored tobacco and e-cigarette products. Accessed October 4th, 2023.

10.       New Jersey Department of the Treasury. Notice: Cigarette/Tobacco & Vapor Products Tax - Prohibited Use of Coupons, Price Reduction Promotions & Price Rebates. Published 2020. Accessed October 4th, 2023.

11.       Town of Secaucus, Mayor and Council Meeting, November 9, 2022. Accessed October 4th, 2023