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Tobacco use in Connecticut

CIGARETTE USE

  • In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Connecticut was 13.5%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
  • In 2015, 10.3% of high school students (12.3% of male high school students and 8.2% of female high school students) in Connecticut 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.

Graph showing smoking rates in Connecticut compared to the national average

OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCT USE

  • The prevalence of smokeless tobacco use among adults in Connecticut was 1.8% in 2014. 
  • In 2015, 2.8% of high school students in Connecticut 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, 4.5% of high school students in Connecticut 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, 7.2% of high school students in Connecticut used e-cigarettes 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.

Graph showing other tobacco product use among High School students in Connecticut

ECONOMICS OF TOBACCO USE AND TOBACCO CONTROL

  • In FY2017, Connecticut allocated $0 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 0% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
  • Connecticut received an estimated $519.7 million in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
  • The health care costs in Connecticut, directly caused by smoking, amount to $2.03 billion annually.
  • Connecticut loses $1.25 billion in productivity each year due to smoking.

STATE TOBACCO LAWS

EXCISE TAXConnecticut tobacco tax

  • The state tax increased to $3.90 per pack of cigarettes in July 2016. Connecticut is ranked 3rd 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).
  • Snuff is taxed $1.00 per ounce. Cigars are taxed 50% of the wholesale price, not to exceed $0.50 per cigar. All other tobacco products are taxed 50% of the wholesale price.

CLEAN INDOOR AIR ORDINANCES

  • Smoking is prohibited in all government workplaces, schools, restaurants, bars (allowed in tobacco bars), casinos/gaming establishments (tribal establishments are exempt), retail stores, and recreational/cultural facilities.
  • Smoking restrictions are required in private workplaces and childcare facilities.

YOUTH ACCESS LAWS

  • The minimum age requirement for the purchase of tobacco products is 18, 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 cigarettes is prohibited.

CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFITS

  • The CDC estimates that 52.7% of adult every day smokers in Connecticut 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.
  • Connecticut’s state quitline invests $0 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
  • Connecticut does not have a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.

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*last updated: May 1, 2017