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Tobacco use in New Mexico 2019

Cigarette use: New Mexico

Cigarette use in New Mexico

  • In 2017, 17.5% of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 17.1%.1
  • In 2017, 10.6% of high school students in New Mexico 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: New Mexico

E-cigarette and smokeless tobacco use in New Mexico

  • In 2017, 4.9% of adults used e-cigarettes and 3.7% used smokeless tobacco.3
  • In 2017, 24.7% of high school students in New Mexico used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 13.2%.2
  • In 2017, 8.2% of high school students in New Mexico 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, 10.2% of high school students in New Mexico smoked cigars, cigarillos or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 8.0%.2
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Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

Economics of tobacco use in New Mexico

  • New Mexico received $131.5 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2019.4
  • Of this, the state allocated $5.7 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2019, 24.9% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.4
  • Smoking-caused health care costs: $844 million per year.4
  • Smoking-caused losses in productivity: $596.8 million per year.5
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New Mexico tobacco laws

Cigarette tax in New Mexico

Tobacco taxes

  • New Mexico is ranked 26th in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of $1.66 per pack (enacted July 2009), compared to the national average of $1.79. (The District of Columbia has the highest tax at $4.50 and Missouri has the lowest at 17 cents.)6-8
  • Cigars that look like, are packaged and labeled like or are marketed and advertised like cigarettes, are taxed at $1.66 per 20 cigars. Roll-your-own tobacco is taxed at $1.66 per 1.8 ounces of tobacco. Bidis/kreteks are taxed at $1.66 per 20. All other tobacco products are taxed at 25% of the product value.6,7

Clean indoor air ordinances

  • Smoking is prohibited in all government workplaces, private workplaces (non-public workplaces with two or fewer employees exempt), schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, bars (allowed in cigar bars), retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities.6,7
  • There are no smoking restrictions for casinos/gaming establishments.6,7
  • The use of e-cigarettes is prohibited on school property and by students at school-sponsored activities.9

Youth access laws

  • The minimum age of sale for tobacco products in New Mexico is 18.7
  • Establishments are required to post signs stating that sales to minors are prohibited.6,7
  • Sale clerks must restrict access to tobacco products prior to sale.6,7

Quitting statistics and benefits

Quitting statistics in New Mexico

  • The CDC estimates 51.9% of daily adult smokers in New Mexico 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**
  • New Mexico’s state quit line invests $6.31 per smoker, compared to the national average of $2.21.7
  • New Mexico has 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.