Tobacco use in Wyoming 2019
Cigarette use: Wyoming
Cigarette use in Wyoming
- In 2017, 18.7% of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 17.1%.1
- In 2015, 15.7% of high school students in Wyoming smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 10.8%.2
Other tobacco product use: Wyoming
E-cigarette and smokeless tobacco use in Wyoming
- In 2017, 5.7% of adults used e-cigarettes and 9.1% used smokeless tobacco.3
- In 2015, 29.6% of high school students in Wyoming used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 24.1%.2
- In 2015, 11.6% of high school students in Wyoming 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, 12.6% of high school students in Wyoming smoked cigars, cigarillos or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 10.3%.2
Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control
Economics of tobacco use in Wyoming
- Wyoming received $40.2 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2019.4
- Of this, the state allocated $3.0 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2019, 35.8% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.4
- Smoking-caused health care costs: $258 million per year.4
- Smoking-caused losses in productivity: $202.4 million per year.5
Wyoming tobacco laws
Cigarette tax in Wyoming
- Wyoming is ranked 44th in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of 60 cents per pack (enacted July 2003), 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
- Moist snuff is taxed at 60 cents for up to an ounce and a proportionate rate on any fractional parts more than an ounce.
- All other cigars, snuff and other tobacco products are taxed at 20% of the wholesale purchase price.6,7
Clean indoor air ordinances
- Smoking restrictions are required in government workplaces.6,7
- There are no smoking restrictions for private workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, bars, casinos/gaming establishments, retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities.6,7
- E-cigarette use is prohibited in child care facilities when children are present.9
Youth access laws
- The minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Wyoming is 21. 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.6
- Minors are prohibited from buying e-cigarettes.6
Quitting statistics and benefits
Quitting statistics in Wyoming
- The CDC estimates 50.5% of daily adult smokers in Wyoming 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 yet evidence that the Wyoming Medicaid program has complied with this requirement regarding NRT nasal spray and NRT inhaler.7**
- Wyoming’s state quit line invests $10.13 per smoker, compared to the national average of $2.21.7
- Wyoming 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.