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Tobacco use in Maryland 2017

CIGARETTE USE

  • In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Maryland was 15.1%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
  • In 2015, 8.7% of high school students (9.3% of male high school students and 7.7% of female high school students) in Maryland 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 Maryland compared to the national average

OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCT USE

  • The prevalence of smokeless tobacco use among adults in Maryland was 1.7% in 2014.
  • In 2015, 5.8% of high school students in Maryland 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, 10.3% of high school students in Maryland 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, 20.0% of high school students in Maryland 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 Maryland

ECONOMICS OF TOBACCO USE AND TOBACCO CONTROL

  • In FY2017, Maryland allocated $10.6 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 22% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
  • Maryland received an estimated $553.9 million in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
  • The health care costs in Maryland, directly caused by smoking, amount to $2.71 billion annually.
  • Maryland loses $2.22 billion in productivity each year due to smoking.

STATE TOBACCO LAWS

EXCISE TAXMaryland cigarette tax

  • The state tax increased to $2.00 per pack of cigarettes in January 2008. Maryland 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).
  • Cigars are taxed 70% of the wholesale price and premium cigars are taxed 15% of the wholesale price. All other tobacco products are taxed 30% 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.
  • The sale to minors of electronic cigarettes is prohibited.

CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFITS

  • The CDC estimates that 51.2% of adult every day smokers in Maryland 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.  
  • Maryland’s state quitline invests $1.87 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
  • Maryland does have a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.

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*last updated: May 1, 2017