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Tobacco use in Ohio 2017

CIGARETTE USE

  • 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.

Graph showing smoking rates in Ohio compared to the national average

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.

Graph showing other tobacco product use among High School students in Ohio

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

EXCISE TAXOhio cigarette tax

  • 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.

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*last updated: May 1, 2017