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Tobacco use in Illinois 2017

CIGARETTE USE

  • In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Illinois was 15.1%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
  • In 2015, 10.1% of high school students (11.7% of male high school students and 8.4% of female high school students) in Illinois 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 Illinois compared to the national average

OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCT USE

  • The prevalence of smokeless tobacco use among adults in Illinois was 3.2% in 2014.
  • In 2015, 5.6% of high school students in Illinois 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, 9.4% of high school students in Illinois 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, 26.6% of high school students in Illinois 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 Illinois

ECONOMICS OF TOBACCO USE AND TOBACCO CONTROL

  • In FY2017, Illinois allocated $9.1 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 6.7% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
  • Illinois received an estimated $1.153 billion in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
  • The health care costs in Illinois, directly caused by smoking, amount to $5.49 billion annually.
  • Illinois loses $5.27 billion in productivity each year due to smoking.

STATE TOBACCO LAWS

EXCISE TAXIllinois cigarette tax

  • The state tax increased to $1.98 per pack of cigarettes in June 2012. Illinois is ranked 20th 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).
  • Little cigars are taxed $0.099 per cigar. Moist snuff is taxed $0.30 per ounce. All other tobacco products are taxed 36% of the wholesale price.

CLEAN INDOOR AIR ORDINANCES

  • Smoking is prohibited in all government workplaces, private workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, bars, casinos/gaming establishments, retail stores, and recreational/cultural 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 alternative nicotine products, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited.

LOCAL TOBACCO LAWS

  • The city of Chicago: 
    • Prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products or accessories, including menthol, within 500 feet of any city high school.
    • Regulates electronic cigarettes as “tobacco products” and bans the distribution and sale of e-cigarettes to minors, requires e-cigarettes be behind the counter in stores, prohibits the use of e-cigarettes where cigarettes are banned, and requires e-cigarette dealers to be licensed.
    • Prohibits the sale of tobacco products and accessories to people under age 21.
    • Bans the use of smokeless tobacco in professional and amateur sporting events, including at Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field. 
    • Prohibits retailers from redeeming coupons or other discounts on tobacco products.
    • Prohibits the sale of little cigars in packages of less than 10.

CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFITS

  • The CDC estimates that 53.9% of adult every day smokers in Illinois quit smoking for one or more days in 2017.
  • The Affordable Care Act requires all Medicaid programs cover all tobacco cessation medications beginning January 1, 2014. 
  • Illinois’s state quitline invests $1.88 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
  • Illinois requires that most private health insurance plans be in compliance with ACA guidance on tobacco cessation as a preventive service.

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*last updated: May 1, 2017