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Tobacco use in New Hampshire 2017

CIGARETTE USE

  • In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in New Hampshire was 15.9%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
  • In 2015, 9.3% of high school students (10.2% of male high school students and 8.0% of female high school students) in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire compared to the national average

OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCT USE

  • The prevalence of smokeless tobacco use among adults in New Hampshire was 2.3% in 2014.
  • In 2015, 6.0% of high school students in New Hampshire 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, 11.0% of high school students in New Hampshire 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, 25.0% of high school students in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire

ECONOMICS OF TOBACCO USE AND TOBACCO CONTROL

  • In FY2017, New Hampshire allocated $125,000 in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 0.8% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
  • New Hampshire received an estimated $265.6 million in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
  • The health care costs in New Hampshire, directly caused by smoking, amount to $729 million annually.
  • New Hampshire loses $506.9 million in productivity each year due to smoking. 

STATE TOBACCO LAWS

EXCISE TAXNew Hampshire cigarette tax

  • The state tax increased to $1.78 per pack of cigarettes in August 2013. New Hampshire is ranked 22nd 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).
  • Little cigars are taxed at a rate of $1.78 per twenty cigars. Loose tobacco, smokeless tobacco, snuff and large cigars (except premium cigars) are taxed 65.03% of the wholesale price.

CLEAN INDOOR AIR ORDINANCES

  • Smoking is prohibited in public schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, and bars (allowed in cigar bars and allows for an economic hardship waiver).
  • Smoking restrictions are required in government workplaces, private workplaces, 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 51.1% of adult every day smokers in New Hampshire tried to 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.  
  • New Hampshire’s state quitline invests $2.70 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
  • New Hampshire does not have a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.

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*last updated: May 1, 2017