Tobacco use in Pennsylvania 2017
- In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Pennsylvania was 18.1%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
- In 2015, 12.9% of high school students (14.9% of male high school students and 10.9% of female high school students) in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania was 4.3% in 2014.
- In 2015, 9.5% of high school students in Pennsylvania 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, 12.5% of high school students in Pennsylvania used cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 10.3% of high school students used cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days.
- In 2015, 24.1% of high school students in Pennsylvania 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, Pennsylvania allocated $13.9 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 9.9% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
- Pennsylvania received an estimated $1.660 billion in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
- The health care costs in Pennsylvania, directly caused by smoking, amount to $6.38 billion annually.
- Pennsylvania loses $5.73 billion in productivity each year due to smoking.
STATE TOBACCO LAWS
- The state tax increased to $2.60 per pack of cigarettes in August 2016. Pennsylvania is ranked 11th 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 $0.13 per cigar. Electronic cigarettes are taxed 40% of the purchase price charged to the retailer. Roll-your-own and smokeless tobacco are taxed $0.55 per ounce on all fractional parts of an ounce.
CLEAN INDOOR AIR ORDINANCES
- Smoking is prohibited in all schools, childcare facilities, government workplaces, private workplaces, health care facilities, retail stores, and recreational/cultural facilities.
- Smoking is restricted in restaurants and casinos (tribal establishments are 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.
- Only sales clerks are allowed access to tobacco products prior to sale, unless the tobacco products are located within the line of sight or under the control of a cashier or other employee and unless it is a retail stores which derives 75% or more of sales revenue from tobacco products.
LOCAL TOBACCO LAWS
- Philadelphia restricts the number of tobacco retailers to 1 per 1,000 people in each planning district and prohibits new tobacco retailers within 500 feet of a school.
CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFITS
- The CDC estimates that 52.7% of adult every day smokers in Pennsylvania 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.
- Pennsylvania’s state quitline invests $1.23 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
- Pennsylvania has no private insurance mandate provision for cessation.