Tobacco use in Montana 2017
- In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Montana was 18.9%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
- In 2015, 13.1% of high school students (13.0% of male high school students and 13.2% of female high school students) in Montana 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 Montana was 7.6% in 2014.
- In 2015, 12.3% of high school students in Montana 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, 12.6% of high school students in Montana 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, 29.5% of high school students in Montana 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, Montana allocated $6.4 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 44.1% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
- Montana received an estimated $118.5 million in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
- The health care costs in Montana, directly caused by smoking, amount to $440 million annually.
- Montana loses $368.9 million in productivity each year due to smoking.
STATE TOBACCO LAWS
- The state tax increased to $1.70 per pack of cigarettes in January 2005. Montana is ranked 23rd 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 $0.85 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, casinos/gaming establishments (tribal establishments are exempt), 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.
CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFITS
- The CDC estimates that 48.0% of adult every day smokers in Montana 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. However, there is not yet evidence that the Montana Medicaid program has complied with this requirement regarding NRT nasal spray.
- Montana’s state quitline invests $3.80 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
- Montana does not have a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.