Tobacco use in New York 2017
- In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in New York was 15.2%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
- In 2015, 8.8% of high school students (10.0% of male high school students and 7.2% of female high school students) in New York 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 York was 2.4% in 2014.
- In 2015, 6.7% of high school students in New York used chewing tobacco, snuff or dip on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 7.3% of highschool students used smokeless tobacco in at least one day in the past 30 days.
- In 2015, 10.2% of high school students in New York smoked cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 10.3% of high school students smoke cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars at least one day in the past 30 days.
- In 2015, 21.7% of high school students in New York 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 York allocated $39.3 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 19.4% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
- New York received an estimated $2.016 billion in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
- The health care costs in New York, directly caused by smoking, amount to $10.39 billion annually.
- New York loses $7.33 billion in productivity each year due to smoking.
STATE TOBACCO LAWS
- New York has the highest cigarette tax in the country. The state tax increased to $4.35 per pack of cigarettes in July 2010. The national average cigarette tax is $1.71 per pack of cigarettes. The lowest state cigarette tax is Missouri ($0.17).
- Little cigars are taxed $0.2175 per cigar and suff is taxed $2.00 per ounce. All other tobacco products are taxed 75% of wholesale price.
CLEAN INDOOR AIR ORDINANCES
- Smoking is prohibited in all government workplaces, private workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, retail stores, and recreational/cultural facilities.
- Smoking is prohibited in bars, with the exception of cigar bars, and allows for an economic hardship waiver.
YOUTH ACCESS LAWS
- The minimum age requirement for the purchase of tobacco products is 18.
- Establishments are required to post signs stating that sales to minors are prohibited and will be penalized.
- In stores where admission is not restricted to individuals 18 and older, tobacco products for sale must be store behind the counter or in a locked container.
- The sale to minors of electronic cigarettes is prohibited and other state tobacco sales laws apply to electronic cigarettes.
LOCAL TOBACCO LAWS
- New York City:
- Prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products, except electronic cigarettes, with a characterizing flavor other than menthol, mint, or wintergreen, except in certain “tobacco bars.”
- Prohibits the sale of tobacco products to persons under the age of 21.
- Prohibits the use of all tobacco products at all ticketed sporting events, including at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium.
- Prohibits retailers from redeeming coupons, multi-pack deal, buy-one-get-one deals, or any other price reduction promotions.
- Prohibits retailers from giving away or discounting other items, such as lighters, in connection with the sale of tobacco products.
- Requires cigarettes and little cigars cannot be sold at retail for less than $10.50 per 20-pack, including sales tax, or $9.65 excluding sales tax.
- Requires cigars that cost less than $3.00 individually be sold in packs of four or more.
- Requires little cigars be sold in packs of twenty.
- 11 cities and counties in New York have prohibited the sale of tobacco products to persons under the age of 21.
- Rockland County prohibits the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.
CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFIT
- The CDC estimates that 54.5% of adult smokers in New York 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 York’s state quitline invests $1.78 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
- The Insurance commissioner issued guidance instructing most insurance plans to be in compliance with ACA guidance on tobacco cessation as a preventative service.