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Tobacco use in Vermont 2017

CIGARETTE USE

  • In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Vermont was 16.0%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
  • In 2015, 10.8% of high school students (11.7% of male high school students and 9.7% of female high school students) in Vermont 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 Vermont compared to the national average

OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCT USE

  • The prevalence of smokeless tobacco use among adults in Vermont was 3.4% in 2014.
  • In 2015, 6.9% of high school students in Vermont 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, 10.4% of high school students in Vermont 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, 15.3% of high school students in Vermont used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the last 30 days. Nationally, 24.1% of high school students used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the last 30 days.

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

ECONOMICS OF TOBACCO USE AND TOBACCO CONTROL

  • In FY2017, Vermont allocated $3.4 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 40.2% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
  • Vermont received an estimated $117.6 million in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
  • The health care costs in Vermont, directly caused by smoking, amount to $348 million annually.
  • Vermont loses $232.8 million in productivity each year due to smoking.

STATE TOBACCO LAWS

EXCISE TAXVermont cigarette tax

  • The state tax increased to $3.08 per pack of cigarettes in July 2015. Vermont is ranked 6th 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 $3.08 per pack of twenty. Cigars with a wholesale price greater than $2.17 and less than $10 are taxed $2.00 per cigar. Cigars with a wholesale price of $10 or more are taxed $4 per cigar. Roll-your-own tobacco is taxed $4.74 per ounce. Snuff with a moisture content of no less than 45% is taxed $2.57 per ounce. New smokeless tobacco products with a moisture content of less than 45% are taxed $2.57 per ounce, or if packaged in quantities of less than 1.2 ounces, $3.08 per package. All other tobacco products are taxed 92% of the wholesale price.

CLEAN INDOOR AIR ORDINANCES

  • Smoking is prohibited in all childcare facilities, government workplaces, private workplaces, health care facilities, restaurants, bars, schools, retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities.

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 of bidis to both minors and adults is prohibited.
  • The sale of tobacco substitutes, including electronic cigarettes, to minors is prohibited.

CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFITS

  • The CDC estimates that 50.5% of adult every day smokers in Vermont 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. 
  • Vermont’s state quitline invests $5.34 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
  • Vermont has a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.

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*last updated: May 1, 2017