Tobacco use in Oklahoma 2017
- In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Oklahoma was 22.2%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
- In 2015, 13.1% of high school students (15.1% of male high school students and 11.3% of female high school students) in Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma was 6.5% in 2014.
- In 2015, 9.0% of high school students in Oklahoma used chewing tobacco, snuff or dip on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 7.3% of high school students used smokeless tobacco on at least one day in the past 30 days.
- In 2015, 9.4% of high school students in Oklahoma smoked cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 10.3% of high school students smoked cigars, cigarillos or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days.
- In 2015, 23.8% of high school students in Oklahoma 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, Oklahoma allocated $23.5 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 55.6% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
- Oklahoma received an estimated $396.6 million in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
- The health care costs in Oklahoma, directly caused by smoking, amount to $1.62 billion annually.
- Oklahoma loses $2.10 billion in productivity each year due to smoking.
STATE TOBACCO LAWS
- The state tax increased to $1.03 per pack of cigarettes in Jaunary 2005. Oklahoma is ranked 36th 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).
- Chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco, and snuff is taxed 60% of the factory list price. Smoking tobacco is taxed 80% of the factory list price. Little cigars are taxed $0.036 per cigar and large cigars are taxed $0.10-$0.12 per cigar depending on the recommended retail selling price.
CLEAN INDOOR AIR ORDINANCES
- Smoking is prohibited in all childcare facilities, healthcare facilities, recreational/cultural facilities, retail stores and schools.
- Smoking restricted in restaurants, private workplaces, government workplaces (prohibited on state government property) and casinos (tribal establishments exempt).
- There are no smoking restrictions for bars.
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 sales to minors is prohibited.
- It is unlawful to offer for sale tobacco products in any manner that allows public access without assistance from a salesperson.
- The sale to minors of bidis is prohibited.
- The sale to minors of electronic cigarettes is prohibited.
CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFITS
- The CDC estimates that 50.0% of adult every day smokers in Oklahoma 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.
- Oklahoma’s state quitline invests $7.38 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
- Oklahoma has no private insurance mandate provision for cessation.