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Tobacco use in New Jersey 2017

CIGARETTE USE

  • In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in New Jersey was 13.5%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
  • In 2015, 8.2% of high school students (9.0% of male high school students and 7.4% of female high school students) in New Jersey 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 Jersey compared to the national average

OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCT USE

  • The prevalence of smokeless tobacco use among adults in New Jersey was 2.0% in 2014.
  • In 2014, 4.1% of high school students in New Jersey used smokeless tobacco on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, in 2015, 7.3% of high school students used smokeless tobacco on at least one day in the past 30 days.
  • In 2014, 6.3% of high school students in New Jersey smoked cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, in 2015, 10.3% of high school students smoked cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days.
  • In 2014, 3.9% of high school students in New Jersey smoked bidis on at least one day in the past 30 days.
  • In 2014, 11.8% of high school students in New Jersey used hookah on at least one day in the past 30 days.
  • In 2014, 12.1% of high school students in New Jersey used e-cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, in 2015, 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 Jersey

ECONOMICS OF TOBACCO USE AND TOBACCO CONTROL

  • In FY2017, New Jersey allocated $0 in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 0% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target. New Jersey had the lowest percent of CDC-recommended funding levels and was the only state to allocate $0 in state funding for tobacco prevention.
  • New Jersey received an estimated $944.5 million in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
  • The health care costs in New Jersey, directly caused by smoking, amount to $4.06 billion annually.
  • New Jersey loses $3.15 billion in productivity each year due to smoking.

STATE TOBACCO LAWS

EXCISE TAXNew Jersey cigarette tax

  • The state tax increased to $2.70 per pack of cigarettes in July 2009. New Jersey is ranked 10th 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 $0.75 per ounce. 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 (allowed in cigar bars/lounges), retail stores, and recreational/cultural facilities.  
  • Smoking is prohibited in indoor areas of horse tracks. Atlantic City has an ordinace restricting smoking to 25 percent of the gaming floors of casinos.

YOUTH ACCESS LAWS

  • The minimum age requirement for the purchase of tobacco products is 19, and penalties exist for merchants who violate this law.
  • Establishments are required to post signs stating that sales to minors are prohibited and those who sell tobacco products to those under 19 will be fined and could face suspension or revocation of their tobacco license. The sign must also state that proof of age may be required for purchase of tobacco products.
  • The sale of electronic smoking devices, including electronic cigarettes, to persons under 19 is prohibited.

LOCAL TOBACCO LAWS

  • 22 municipalities in New Jersey have banned the sale of tobacco products to those under 21 years old.

CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFITS

  • The CDC estimates that 55.3% of adult every day smokers in New Jersey 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. However, there is not yet evidence that the New Jersey Medicaid program has complied with this requirement regarding NRT gum, NRT nasal spray, NRT lozenge, and NRT inhaler.  
  • New Jersey’s state quitline invests $0 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
  • New Jersey has a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.

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*last updated: May 1, 2017