Tobacco use in Kentucky 2017
- In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Kentucky was 26.0%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
- In 2015, 16.9% of high school students (15.7% of male high school students and 18.0% of female high school students) in Kentucky 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 Kentucky was 6.8% in 2014.
- In 2015, 12.6% of high school students in Kentucky 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, 14.0% of high school students in Kentucky 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, 23.4% of high school students in Kentucky 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, Kentucky allocated $2.4 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 4.2% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
- Kentucky received an estimated $361 million in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
- The health care costs in Kentucky, directly caused by smoking, amount to $1.92 billion annually.
- Kentucky loses $2.79 billion in productivity each year due to smoking.
STATE TOBACCO LAWS
- The state tax increased to $0.60 per pack of cigarettes in April 2009. Kentucky is ranked 43rd 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).
- Moist snuff is taxed $0.19 per unit of 1.5 ounces or less. Chewing tobacco is taxed $0.19 per each single unit, $0.40 per each half pound unit, and $0.65 per each pound unit. All other tobacco products are taxed 15% of the wholesale price.
CLEAN INDOOR AIR ORDINANCES
- Smoking restrictions are required in government workplaces (prohibited in state government buildings) and schools.
- There are no smoking restrictions in private workplaces, 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 electronic cigarettes is prohibited.
CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFITS
- The CDC estimates that 46.7% of adult every day smokers in Kentucky quit smoking for one or more days in 2015.
- The Affordable Care Act requires all Medicaid programs cover all recommended tobacco cessation medications beginning January 1, 2014.
- Kentucky’ state quitline invests $1.01 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
- Kentucky does not have a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.