Tobacco use in Alaska 2017
- In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Alaska was 19.1%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
- In 2015, 11.1% of high school students (13.3% of male high school students and 8.4% of female high school students) in Alaska 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 Alaska was 5.3% in 2014.
- In 2015, 11.7% of high school students in Alaska 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, 7.1% of high school students in Alaska 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, 17.7% of high school students in Alaska 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, Alaska allocated $9.5 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 93% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
- Alaska received an estimated $98 million in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
- The health care costs in Alaska, directly caused by smoking, amount to $438 million annually.
- Alaska loses $205.9 million in productivity each year due to smoking.
STATE TOBACCO LAWS
- The state tax increased to $2.00 per pack of cigarettes in July 2007. Alaska is ranked 15th 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).
- All other tobacco products are taxed 75% of the wholesale price.
CLEAN INDOOR AIR ORDINANCES
- Smoking is prohibited in schools and childcare facilities.
- Smoking restrictions are required in all government workplaces, private workplaces, restaurants, retail stores, and recreational/cultural facilities.
- There are no smoking restrictions in bars.
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 persons under 19 are prohibited.
- The sale to minors of alternative nicotine products, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited.
CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFITS
- The CDC estimates that 54.0% of adult every day smokers in Alaska 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.
- Alaska’s state quitline invests $3.66 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
- Alaska does not have a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.