Tobacco use in Alabama 2017
- In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Alabama was 21.4%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
- In 2015, 14.0% of high school students (13.4% of male high school students and 14.3% of female high school students) in Alabama smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 10.8% of high school students smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days.
OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCT USE
- The prevalence of smokeless tobacco use among adults in Alabama was 5.8% in 2014.
- In 2015, 12.5% of high school students in Alabama used chewing tobacco, snuff, or dip on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 7.3% of high school students used smokeless tobacco on at least one day in the past 30 days.
- In 2015, 13.4% of high school students in Alabama smoked cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 10.3% of high school students smoked cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days.
- In 2015, 24.5% of high school students in Alabama used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 24.1% of high school students used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days.
ECONOMICS OF TOBACCO USE AND TOBACCO CONTROL
- In FY2017, Alabama allocated $1.5 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 2.7% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
- Alabama received an estimated $306.3 million in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
- The health care costs in Alabama, directly caused by smoking, amount to $1.88 billion annually.
- Alabama loses $2.71 billion in productivity each year due to smoking.
STATE TOBACCO LAWS
- The state tax increased to $0.675 per pack of cigarettes in October 2015. Alabama is ranked 40th in the United States for its cigarette tax. The national average cigarette tax is $1.71 per pack of cigarettes. The highest state cigarette tax is New York ($4.35) and the lowest state cigarette tax is Missouri ($0.17).
- Chewing tobacco is taxed $0.015 per ounce. All other tobacco products have varying taxes based on weight and price.
CLEAN INDOOR AIR ORDINANCES
- Smoking restrictions are required in all government workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, retail stores, and recreational/cultural facilities.
- There are no smoking restrictions in private workplaces, restaurants, bars, or casinos/gaming establishments
YOUTH ACCESS LAWS
- The minimum age requirement for the purchase of tobacco products is 19, and penalties exist for both minors and merchants who violate this law.
- Establishments are required to post signs stating that sales to minors are prohibited.
- The sale to minors of electronic smoking devices, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited.
CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFITS
- The CDC estimates that 56.2% of adult every day smokers in Alabama quit smoking for one or more days in 2015.
- The Affordable Care Act requires all Medicaid programs cover all tobacco cessation medications beginning January 1, 2014.
- Alabama’s state quitline invests $1.10 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
- Alabama does not have a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.