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Tobacco use in South Dakota

Smoking rates in South Dakota compared to the national averageCigarette use: South Dakota*

  • In 2016, 18.1 percent of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 17.1 percent.¹
  • In 2015, 10.1 percent of high school students smoked on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 10.8 percent.²

Other tobacco product use: South Dakota

  • In 2015, 2.0 percent of adults used e-cigarettes, 4.0 percent used smokeless tobacco and 2.3 percent smoked cigars.³
  • In 2015, 17.3 percent of high school students used e-cigarettes, 11.7 percent used smokeless tobacco and 9.6 percent smoked cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rates were 24.1 percent, 7.3 percent and 10.3 percent, respectively.²

Chart showing how much each tobacco product is used in South Dakota

Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

  • South Dakota received $87.6 million (estimated) in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2018.
  • Of this, the state allocated $4.5 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2018, just 38.5 percent of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.
  • Smoking-caused health care costs: $373 million per year
  • Smoking-caused losses in productivity: $282.5 million per year

South Dakota tobacco laws

Tobacco taxesSouth Dakota cigarette tax

  • South Dakota is ranked 27th in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of $1.53 per pack (enacted January 2007), compared to the national average of $1.73. (Connecticut and New York have the highest tax at $4.35 and Missouri has the lowest at 17 cents.)⁶ ⁷ ⁸
  • All other tobacco products are taxed at 35 percent of the wholesale price.⁶ ⁷

Clean indoor air ordinances

  • Smoking is prohibited in government workplaces, private workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, bars (smoking of certain tobacco products allowed in certain bars), casinos/gaming establishments (tribal establishments exempt), retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities.⁶ ⁷

Youth access laws

  • The minimum age of sale for tobacco products in South Dakota is 18.
  • Minors are prohibited from buying e-cigarettes.

Quitting statistics and benefits

  • The CDC estimates that 50.1 percent of daily adult smokers in South Dakota quit smoking for one or more days in 2016.
  • In 2014, the Affordable Care Act required that Medicaid programs cover all quit medications. However, there is not enough evidence that the South Dakota Medicaid program has complied with this requirement regarding NRT gum, NRT patch, NRT nasal spray, NRT lozenge and NRT inhaler.**
  • South Dakota’s state quit line invests $16.34 per smoker, compared to the national average of $2.10.
  • South Dakota does not have a private insurance mandate provision for quitting tobacco.

Notes and references

Updated June 2018

* National and state-level prevalence numbers reflect the most recent data available. This may differ across state fact sheets.

*The seven recommended cessation medications are NRT gum, NRT patch, NRT nasal spray, NRT inhaler, NRT lozenge, Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (Zyban). Fiore MC, et al. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Clinical Practice Guideline. Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service: May 2008.

  1. CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016.
  2. CDC, Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System, 2015.
  3. CDC, State-Specific Prevalence of Tobacco Product Use Among Adults - United States, 2014-2015, MMWR.
  4. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Broken Promises to Our Children: a State-by-State Look at the 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 19 Years Later FY2018, 2017.
  5. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Toll of Tobacco in the United States, 2018.
  6. American Lung Association, SLATI State Reports, 2017.
  7. American Lung Association, State of Tobacco Control, 2018.
  8. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, State Cigarette Excise Tax Rates & Rankings, 2018.
  9. CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation System, 2016.