Tobacco use in Mississippi 2017
- In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Mississippi was 22.6%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
- In 2015, 15.2% of high school students (17.5% of male high school students and 12.9% of female high school students) in Mississippi 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 Mississippi was 7.5% in 2014.
- In 2016, 6.0% of adults in Mississippi reported current use of e-cigarettes.
- In 2015, 11.6% of high school students in Mississippi 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, 16.5% of high school students in Mississippi 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, 22.9% of high school students in Mississippi 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, Mississippi allocated $10.7 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 29.4% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
- Mississippi received an estimated $249.9 million in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
- The health care costs in Mississippi, directly caused by smoking, amount to $1.23 billion annually.
- Mississippi loses $1.8 billion in productivity each year due to smoking.
STATE TOBACCO LAWS
- The state tax increased to $0.68 per pack of cigarettes in May 2009. Mississippi is ranked 39th 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).
- All other tobacco products are taxed 15% of the manufacturer’s list price.
CLEAN INDOOR AIR ORDINANCES
- Smoking is prohibited in public schools and childcare facilities.
- Smoking restrictions are required in government workplaces.
- There are no smoking restrictions for private workplaces, 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.
CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFITS
- The CDC estimates that 60% of adult every day smokers in Mississippi 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.
- Mississippi’s state quitline invests $2.00 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
- Mississippi does not have a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.