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Tobacco use in South Dakota 2019

Cigarette use: South Dakota

Cigarette use in South Dakota

  • In 2017, 19.3% of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 17.1%.1
  • In 2015, 10.1% of high school students in South Dakota smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 10.8%.2
Cigarette use in South Dakota graph

Other tobacco product use: South Dakota

E-cigarette and smokeless tobacco use in South Dakota

  • In 2017, 3.9% of adults in South Dakota used e-cigarettes and 6.1% used smokeless tobacco.3
  • In 2015, 17.3% of high school students in South Dakota used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 24.1%.2
  • In 2015, 11.7% of high school students in South Dakota used chewing tobacco, snuff or dip on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 7.3%.2
  • In 2015, 9.6% of high school students in South Dakota smoked cigars, cigarillos or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 10.3%.2
Other tobacco product use in South Dakota graph

Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

Economics of tobacco use in South Dakota

  • South Dakota received $86.9 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2019.4
  • Of this, the state allocated $4.5 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2019, 38.5% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.4
  • Smoking-caused health care costs: $373 million per year.4
  • Smoking-caused losses in productivity: $282.5 million per year.5
Cigarette tobacco tax in South Dakota graph

South Dakota tobacco laws

Cigarette tax in South Dakota

Tobacco taxes

  • South Dakota is ranked 28th in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of $1.53 per pack (enacted January 2007), 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 35% of the wholesale price.6,7

Clean indoor air ordinances

  • Smoking is prohibited in government workplaces, private workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, bars (smoking of certain tobacco products allowed in certain bars), casinos/gaming establishments (tribal establishments exempt), retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities.6,7
  • E-cigarettes are included in the state’s definition of smoking.9

Youth access laws

  • The minimum age of sale for tobacco products in South Dakota is 18.7
  • Minors are prohibited from buying e-cigarettes.6

Quitting statistics and benefits

Quitting statistics in South Dakota

  • The CDC estimates 49.1% of daily adult smokers in South Dakota 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. However, there is not enough evidence that the South Dakota Medicaid program has complied with this requirement regarding NRT gum, NRT patch, NRT nasal spray, NRT lozenge, and NRT inhaler.7**
  • South Dakota’s state quit line invests $15.07 per smoker, compared to the national average of $2.21.7
  • South Dakota 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 Behavioral Surveillance System, 2015.

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.