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Tobacco use in Tennessee 2017

CIGARETTE USE

  • 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.

Graph showing smoking rates in Tennessee compared to the national average

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.

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

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

EXCISE TAXTennessee cigarette tax

  • 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.

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*last updated: May 1, 2017