Tobacco use in New Hampshire 2017
- 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.
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.
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
- 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.