NKY Stats vs. National

Kentucky’s smoking rates lead the nation. Following are statistics and details about tobacco use in Kentucky based on data from the Truth Initiative:

Cigarette use

  • In 2016, 24.5 percent of adults smoked. Nationally, the rate was 17.1 percent.¹
  • In 2017, 14.3 percent of high school students smoked on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 8.8 percent.²

Other tobacco product use

  • In 2015, 3.7 percent of adults used e-cigarettes, 3.8 percent used smokeless tobacco and 2.5 percent smoked cigars.³
  • In 2017, 14.1 percent of high school students used e-cigarettes, 10.6 percent used smokeless tobacco and 11.0 percent smoked cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rates were 13.2 percent, 5.5 percent and 8.0 percent, respectively.²

Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

  • Kentucky received $371 million (estimated) in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2018.⁴
  • Of this, the state allocated $2.6 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2018, just 4.6 percent of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.⁴
  • Smoking-related health care costs: $1.92 billion per year⁴
  • Smoking-related losses in productivity: $2.79 billion per year⁵

Quitting statistics and benefits in Kentucky

  • The CDC estimates 46.4 percent of daily adult smokers in Kentucky quit smoking for one or more days in 2016.⁹
  • In 2014, the Affordable Care Act required Medicaid programs cover all quit medications.⁷**
  • Kentucky’s state quit line invests 32 cents per smoker, compared with the national average of $2.10.⁷
  • Kentucky does not have a private insurance mandate provision for quitting tobacco.⁷

NOTE: A full version of this content from the Truth Initiative, as well as notes and reference can be found here.