Tobacco use in Wisconsin 2017
- In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Wisconsin was 17.3%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
- In 2013, 11.8% of high school students (13.7% of male high school students and 9.6% of female high school students) in Wisconsin smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 15.7% 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 Wisconsin was 3.5% in 2014.
- In 2013, 8.0% of high school students in Wisconsin used chewing tobacco, snuff or dip on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 8.8% of high school students used smokeess tobacco on at least one day in the past 30 days.
- In 2013, 11.5% of high school students in Wisconsin smoked cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 12.6% of high school students smoked cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days.
- In 2016, 13.3% of high school students in Wisconsin used e-cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, in 2015, 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, Wisconsin allocated $5.3 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 9.2% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
- Wisconsin received an estimated $779.1 million in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
- The health care costs in Wisconsin, directly caused by smoking, amount to $2.66 billion annually.
- Wisconsin loses $2.06 billion in productivity each year due to smoking.
STATE TOBACCO LAWS
- The state tax increased to $2.52 per pack of cigarettes in Septemeber 2009. Wisconsin is ranked 12th 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).
- Moist snuff is taxed 100% of the manufactuer’s list price. Cigars are taxed 71% of the manufactuer’s list price, not exceeding $0.50 per cigar. All other tobacco products are taxed 71% of the manufacturers list price.
CLEAN INDOOR AIR ORDINANCES
- Smoking is prohibited in virtually all enclosed public places including childcare facilities, private workplaces, government workplaces, health care facilities, restaurants, schools, casinos (tribal estbalishments are exempt), retail stores, recreational/cultural facilities, and bars (certain tobacco bars are exempt).
- Smoking is prohibited in certain outdoor locations, including sports arenas, bus shelters and public transportation.
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. Violation by a minor is subject to siezeure of the tobacco product by a law enforcement officer.
- Establishments are required to post signs stating that sales to minors are prohibited.
- The sale of alternative nicotine products, including electronic cigarettes, to minors is prohibited.
LOCAL TOBACCO LAWS
- Milwaukee prohibits the use of smokeless tobacco at Miller Park and other sports venues in the city.
CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFITS
- The CDC estimates that 48.6% of adult every day smokers in Wisconsin 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.
- Wisconsin’s state quitline invests $1.15 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
- Wisconsin has no private insurance mandate provision for cessation.