Tobacco use in Iowa 2017
- In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Iowa was 18.1%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
- In 2015, 10.0% of high school students (10.0% of male high school students and 10.0% of female high school students) in Iowa 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 Iowa was 5.1% in 2014.
- In 2014, 5.8% of 11th graders in Iowa used chewing tobacco, snuff, or dip on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, in 2015, 7.3% of high school students used smokeless tobacco on at least one day in the past 30 days.
- In 2014, 5.0% of 11th graders in Iowa smoked cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, in 2015, 10.3% of high school students smoked cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days.
- In 2014, 10.9% of 11th grade students in Iowa used e-cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, in 2015, 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, Iowa allocated $5.2 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 17.4% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
- Iowa received an estimated $300.3 million in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
- The health care costs in Iowa, directly caused by smoking, amount to $1.28 billion annually.
- Iowa loses $1.21 billion in productivity each year due to smoking.
STATE TOBACCO LAWS
- The state tax increased to $1.36 per pack of cigarettes in March 2007. Iowa is ranked 29th 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 $1.36 per 20 cigars. Snuff is taxed $1.19 per ounce. All other tobacco products are taxed 50% of the wholesale price.
CLEAN INDOOR AIR ORDINANCES
- Smoking is prohibited in all government workplaces, private workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and recreational/cultural facilities.
- Smoking restrictions are required in casinos/gaming establishments (tribal establishments are exempt).
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.
- The sale to minors of electronic cigarettes is prohibited.
CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFIT
- The CDC estimates that 48.6% of adult every day smokers in Iowa 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.
- Iowa’s state quitline invests $3.22 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
- Iowa does not have a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.
*last updated: May 1, 2017