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Tobacco use in South Dakota 2017

CIGARETTE USE

  • In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in South Dakota was 20.1%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
  • In 2015, 10.1% of high school students (10.5% of male high school students and 9.5% of female high school students) in South Dakota 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 South Dakota compared to the national average

OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCT USE

  • The prevalence of smokeless tobacco use among adults in South Dakota was 5.4% in 2014.
  • In 2015, 11.7% of high school students in South Dakota used chewing tobacco, snuff or dip on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 7.3% of high school students used smokeess tobacco on at least one day in the past 30 days.
  • In 2015, 9.6% of high school students in South Dakota 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, 17.3% of high school students in South Dakota 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 South Dakota

ECONOMICS OF TOBACCO USE AND TOBACCO CONTROL

  • In FY2017, South Dakota allocated $4.5 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 38.5% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
  • South Dakota received an estimated $88.3 million in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
  • The health care costs in South Dakota, directly caused by smoking, amount to $373 million annually.
  • South Dakota loses $282.5 million in productivity each year due to smoking.

STATE TOBACCO LAWS

EXCISE TAXSouth Dakota cigarette tax

  • The state tax increased to $1.53 per pack of cigarettes in January 2007. South Dakota is ranked 27th 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).
  • All other tobacco products are taxed 35% of the wholesale price

CLEAN INDOOR AIR ORDINANCES

  • Smoking is prohibited in all childcare facilities, government workplaces, casinos, healthcare facilities, restaurants, schools, private workplaces, retail stores, recreational/cultural facilities, and bars (smoking of certain tobacco products is allowed in certain 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.
  • The sale to minors of electronic cigarettes is prohibited.

CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFITS

  • The CDC estimates that 49% of adult every day smokers in South Dakota 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. However, there is not yet 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 quitline invests $12.38 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
  • South Dakota has no private insurance mandate provision for cessation.

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*last updated: May 1, 2017