Tobacco use in Utah 2019
Cigarette use: Utah
Cigarette use in Utah
- In 2017, 8.9% of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 17.1%.1
- In 2017, 3.8% of high school students in Utah smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 8.8%.2
Other tobacco product use: Utah
E-cigarette and smokeless tobacco use in Utah
- In 2017, 5.1% of adults in Utah used e-cigarettes and 2.9% used smokeless tobacco.3
- In 2017, 7.6% of high school students in Utah used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 13.2%.2
- In 2017, 3.0% of high school students in Utah 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, 3.2% of high school students in Utah smoked cigars, cigarillos or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 8.0%.2
Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control
Economics of tobacco use in Utah
- Utah received $141.9 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2019.4
- Of this, the state allocated $7.0 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2019, 36.3% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.4
- Smoking-caused health care costs: $542 million per year.4
- Smoking-caused losses in productivity: $355.6 million per year.5
Utah tobacco laws
Cigarette tax in Utah
- Utah is ranked 25th in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of $1.70 per pack (enacted July 2010), 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
- Little cigars are taxed at 8.5 cents per cigar and moist snuff is taxed at $1.83 per ounce.
- All other tobacco products are taxed at 86% of the manufacturer’s selling price.6,7
Clean indoor air ordinances
- Smoking is prohibited in government workplaces, private workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, bars, 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 Utah is 19. The minimum age will increase to 20 in 2020 and 21 in 2021. Active duty military, their spouses and dependents are exempt.10
- Only sales clerks are allowed access to tobacco products prior to sale.6
- Minors are prohibited from buying e-cigarettes.6
Quitting statistics and benefits
Quitting statistics in Utah
- The CDC estimates 48.2% of daily adult smokers in Utah 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**
- Utah’s state quit line invests $5.03 per smoker, compared to the national average of $2.21.7
- Most private health plans in Utah have a 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.
10. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. States and Localities that have Raised the Minimum Legal Sales Age for Tobacco Products to 21. https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/assets/content/what_we_do/state_local_issues/sales_21/states_localities_MLSA_21.pdf.