Tobacco use in Ohio 2017
- In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Ohio was 21.6%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
- In 2013, 15.1% of high school students (16.7% of male high school students and 13.4% of female high school students) in Ohio smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 15.7% 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 Ohio was 4.6% in 2014.
- In 2013 8.6% of high school students in Ohio used chewing tobacco, snuff or dip on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 8.8% of high school students used smokeess tobacco on at least one day in the past 30 days.
- In 2013,11.5% of high school students in Ohio smoked cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 12.6% of high school students smoked cigars, cigarillos or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days.
ECONOMICS OF TOBACCO USE AND TOBACCO CONTROL
- In FY2017, Ohio allocated $13.5 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 10.3% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
- Ohio received an estimated $1.334 billion in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
- The health care costs in Ohio, directly caused by smoking, amount to $5.64 billion annually.
- Ohio loses $5.88 billion in productivity each year due to smoking.
STATE TOBACCO LAWS
- The state tax increased to $1.60 per pack of cigarettes in July 2015. Ohio is ranked 26th 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 37% of the wholesale price. All other tobacco products are taxed 17% of the wholesale price.
CLEAN INDOOR AIR ORDINANCES
- Smoking is prohibited in all childcare facilities, government workplaces, private workplaces, health facilities, recreational/cultural facilities, retail stores, schools, restaurants, bars and casinos.
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 the sale or distribution of tobacco products to minors is prohibited.
- The sale to minors of alternative nicotine products, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited.
LOCAL TOBACCO LAWS
- 6 cities in Ohio, including Cleveland and Columbus, prohibit the sale of tobacco products to persons under the age of 21.
CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFITS
- The CDC estimates that 51.2% of adult every day smokers in Ohio 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.
- Ohio’s state quitline invests $0.42 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
- Ohio does not have a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.