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Tobacco use in Maine 2017

CIGARETTE USE

  • In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Maine was 19.5%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
  • In 2015, 11.2% of high school students (11.7% of male high school students and 10.5% of female high school students) in Maine 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 Maine compared to the national average

OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCT USE

  • The prevalence of smokeless tobacco use among adults in Maine was 2.1% in 2014.
  • In 2015, 5.1% of high school students in Maine 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, 8.8% of high school students in Maine 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, 16.8% of high school students in Maine 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 Maine

ECONOMICS OF TOBACCO USE AND TOBACCO CONTROL

  • In FY2017, Maine allocated $7.8 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 49.1% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
  • Maine received an estimated $196.7 million in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
  • The health care costs in Maine, directly caused by smoking, amount to $811 million annually.
  • Maine loses $647 million in productivity each year due to smoking.

STATE TOBACCO LAWS

EXCISE TAXMaine cigarette tax

  • The state tax increased to $2.00 per pack of cigarettes in September 2005. Maine is ranked 15th 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).
  • Smokeless tobacco, including chewing tobacco and snuff, is taxed a minimum of $2.02 per ounce. Cigars, pipe tobacco, and other smoking tobacco are taxed 20% 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 is restricted 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.
  • Establishments are required to post signs stating that sales to minors are prohibited.
  • The sale to minors of electronic smoking devices, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited.

FLAVOR LAWS

  • The sale of cigars with characterizing flavors is banned. Characterizing flavor is defined as having a distinguishable taste or aroma of candy, chocolate, vanilla, fruit, berry, nut, herb, spice, honey, or an alcoholic drink. Menthol is exempted. Premium cigars, defined as cigars weighing over 3 pounds per thousand cigars and wrapped in whole tobacco leaf, are exempt.

CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFITS

  • The CDC estimates that 51.6% of adult every day smokers in Maine 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.  
  • Maine’s state quitline invests $10.25 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
  • Maine does not have a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.

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*last updated: May 1, 2017