Tobacco use in Tennessee 2017
- In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Tennessee was 21.9%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
- In 2015, 11.5% of high school students (12.5% of male high school students and 10.1% of female high school students) in Tennessee 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 Tennessee was 7.3% in 2014.
- In 2015, 11.0% of high school students in Tennessee 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, 11.0% of high school students in Tennessee 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, 21.7% of high school students in Tennessee 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, Tennessee allocated $1.1 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 1.5% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
- Tennessee received an estimated $418.3 million in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
- The health care costs in Tennessee, directly caused by smoking, amount to $2.67 billion annually.
- Tennessee loses $3.59 billion in productivity each year due to smoking.
STATE TOBACCO LAWS
- The state tax increased to $0.62 per pack of cigarettes in July 2007. Tennessee is ranked 42nd 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 6.6% of the wholesale price.
CLEAN INDOOR AIR ORDINANCES
- Smoking is prohibited in all schools, childcare facilities, government workplaces, private workplaces (non public workplaces with three or fewer employees are exempt), retail stores, recreational/cultural facilities, and health care facilities.
- Smoking is restricted in restaurants and bars that allow individuals under the age of 21 to enter at any time.
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 sales to minors are prohibited.
- 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 48% of adult every day smokers in Tennessee 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.
- Tennessee’s state quitline invests $0.37 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
- Tennessee has no private insurance mandate provision for cessation.