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Tobacco use in New York 2017

CIGARETTE USE

  • 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.

Graph showing smoking rates in New York compared to the national average

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.

Graph showing other tobacco product use among High School students in New York

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

EXCISE TAXNew York cigarette tax

  • 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.

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES

  • 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.

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*last updated: May 1, 2017