What is your state doing about tobacco?
States vary widely when it comes to tobacco use.
While the national adult smoking rate is 17.1% as of 2017, many states lag far behind, including several states that have smoking rates on par with developing countries, such as West Virginia at 26% and Kentucky at nearly 25%. The average state tobacco tax is $1.81, but a handful of states have adopted tobacco taxes considerably higher than that amount, including the District of Columbia with a tax of $4.50.
These are just a few examples from our state fact sheets, which highlight the most up-to-date information on each state. They include cigarette, cigar, smokeless and e-cigarette use rates for adults and high school students, state funding for prevention and quitting programs and tobacco control policies, including tobacco taxes, tobacco-free spaces and youth access laws.