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Tobacco use in Oklahoma 2017

CIGARETTE USE

  • 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.

Graph showing smoking rates in Oklahoma compared to the national average

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.

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

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

EXCISE TAXOklahoma cigarette tax

  • 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.

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*last updated: May 1, 2017