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Tobacco use in Idaho 2017

CIGARETTE USE

  • In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Idaho was 13.8%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
  • In 2015, 9.7% of high school students (10.1% of male high school students and 9.3% of female high school students) in Idaho 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 Idaho compared to the national average

OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCT USE

  • The prevalence of smokeless tobacco use among adults in Idaho was 5.0% in 2014.
  • In 2015, 8.3% of high school students in Idaho 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, 8.2% of high school students in Idaho 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, 24.8% of high school students in Idaho 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.

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

ECONOMICS OF TOBACCO USE AND TOBACCO CONTROL

  • In FY2017, Idaho allocated $2.9 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 18.4% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
  • Idaho received an estimated $77.5 million in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
  • The health care costs in Idaho, directly caused by smoking, amount to $508 million annually.
  • Idaho loses $433.9 million in productivity each year due to smoking.

STATE TOBACCO LAWS

EXCISE TAXIdaho cigarette tax

  • The state tax increased to $0.57 per pack of cigarettes in June 2003. Idaho is ranked 45th 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 40% of the wholesale price.

CLEAN INDOOR AIR ORDINANCES

  • Smoking is prohibited in all government workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, casinos/gaming establishments (tribal establishments are exempt), retail stores, and recreational/cultural facilities.
  • Smoking restrictions are required in private workplaces.
  • There are no smoking restrictions in bars.

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.
  • Only sales clerks are allowed to access tobacco products prior to sale.
  • The sale to minors of electronic cigarettes is prohibited. 

CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFITS

  • The CDC estimates that 49.3% of adult every day smokers in Idaho 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.  
  • Idaho’s state quitline invests $7.69 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
  • Idaho does not have a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.

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*last updated: May 1, 2017