Maps and Stats on the Smoking Habits and E-cigarette Use of Americans

These maps reveal how some states fare in their respective campaigns against cigarette smoking and in controlling the sale of personal vaporizers and public consumption of e-liquids. These maps are color-coded visual representations of the available statistics on tobacco use in the United States. For instance, one of the maps shows which states have more people dying from related cancers, more stores selling cigarettes to minors, and more people chewing tobacco.

No Statewide Smoking Restrictions in Bars, Restaurants and Workplaces in Five States

As of the first quarter of 2015, only five states – namely Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming – have non-existent statewide laws that may restrict the general sale and use of tobacco products in private-sector worksites, restaurants and bars. This means that every city or county in these areas will have to impose their own ordinances or policies on smoking cigars or cigarettes and using personal vaporizers within their respective localities.

Five States Without Specific Laws on E-cigs

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Some states don’t have specific laws that would stop people from using an electronic cigarette, but this doesn’t mean that vapers are welcome to chase their clouds everywhere. Many proprietors of restaurants, bars and gambling facilities in these states put up “No Vaping” and “No Smoking” signs in front. But, quite a few of these business owners are vapers or smokers themselves, and they discreetly allow their customers to bring their e-cigarettes inside these establishments.

High Smoking Rates, Lung Cancer Cases, Tobacco Chewers, and Underage Smokers

The real estate blog, Estately, created the following map as a visual aide for those who are purchasing a home or moving into a rental property in another state. Buyers are now aware that living in Arkansas means they’re likely going to encounter groups of people who have very strong prejudices or biases against some marginalized sectors of society, such as non-Caucasian individuals or women and young girls living in poverty.

What Each State Has More Of Per Capita

See what each state has more of per capita. Map created by Estately.

The map tells us that KENTUCKY has the most number of smokers, which is supported by data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index for January-December 2013.

In addition, an online statistics portal mentioned that “some 214.3 million pounds of tobacco were produced in 2014” by the state. The National Agricultural Statistics Service also reported that farmers in the region produced nearly 184 million pounds of tobacco in 2012 – the greatest amount harvested that year in the country.

So, it’s not surprising at all that Kentucky also has the highest incidence of lung and bronchial cancers from 2008 to 2012 for all genders. And, more than seventy percent of those diagnosed with advanced lung cancer died within that five-year period. Visit the link to see additional statistical information on age-adjusted cancer incidence and mortality rates in the United States categorized by state, gender and type of cancer.

adult smokeless tobacco users per state

Total Number of Adult Smokeless Tobaco Users Per State. This map was produced by Vocativ.

More people in WYOMING and WEST VIRGINIA have been chewing tobacco than in other states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed the following state-specific statistics on the prevalence of cigarette and smokeless tobacco use among American adults through its weekly morbidity report:

Smokeless tobacco use has risen to 9.8% in Wyoming) in 2011 and up to 9.4% in West Virginia in 2013. Prevalence of smokeless tobacco use increased in four states: Louisiana (26.7%), Montana (12.7%), South Carolina (22.2%), and West Virginia (25.3%), while numbers declined in two states: Ohio (-16.0%) and Tennessee (-25.0%).

Wyoming has the greatest percentage of smokeless tobacco users because of the state’s great rodeo tradition. Young women in short skirts were often seen selling those tobacco chews to men and women in the audience. After the crackdown by anti-tobacco groups, it’s estimated that only about 14 percent of men in the state still use smokeless tobacco. It’s also estimated that one in five high school boys are chewing tobacco.

FDA Issued Nearly 10,000 Warnings and Fines to Major Retailers in Three States

Tobacco Retailers in States With Most Number of Violations in 2014

Retail stores in Missouri, Connecticut and South Carolina were penalized the most for selling or supplying tobacco to minors. Map created by Vocativ.

By the end of 2014, the FDA has issued the highest number of warning letters and fines to pharmacies, convenience stores, and specialty shops in MISSOURI, CONNECTICUT, and SOUTH CAROLINA after state investigators discovered they’ve been unscrupulously selling cigarettes to kids.

Although the total number of underage smokers each year has been declining since the mid-nineties, more than 15 percent of high school students in the United States still use cigarettes and other tobacco products. Suddenly, mooching a stick or two from an older friend wasn’t enough. Buying a pack of smokes without being carded became the norm for these kids.

E-cigarettes Now Sold as Age-Restricted Products in 46 States

Age Restrictions on E-cigarettes in 46 States JUNE 2015

As of June 2015, several tobacco laws that prohibit the sale or supply of tobacco to minors by businesses and individuals have already been implemented in 46 States. This map was created by Transform Tobacco.

E-cigarette use among middle-school and high school kids has tripled in the past year. In response, 46 states have implemented age-restriction laws that prohibit underage smoking, tobacco possession of minors, and the sale or supply of tobacco products to kids. These states consider e-cigarettes as age-restricted products.

Transform Tobacco further said in the report that “FDA inspections of retail establishments have shown a 95% retailer compliance rate when it comes to checking identification prior to sale, leaving kids to gain access to tobacco products through other channels – complicit adults, and adults involved in illicit trade of cigarettes, are the major source of this access.”

Are There Fewer Cigarette Users After More Than 40 Years?

cigarette use declining from 1970 to 2012

Watch the ever-changing prevalence of cigarette use among American adults shift downwards annually from 1970 to 2012 in every state.

You may have noticed a spate of decreases in cigarette smoking suddenly happening in the early 1990s, and continuing to gather momentum through the first and second decades of the second millenium. That’s probably when a heavy tax burden was placed on the shoulders of retailers, and that jacked up the prices of the cigarettes. People had to change their smoking behaviors and consumed fewer cigarettes in a day.

A Gallup poll report on smoking rates per state suggested that:

Americans may benefit from state-level, policy-based interventions that would discourage smoking through various laws, bans, and taxes, and may assist residents in quitting through state-run helplines and websites. States that have more comprehensive statewide bans have lower overall smoking rates, although the precise way that these policies affect smoking rates is unclear.

However, a hefty price tag on an atomizer or personal vaporizer doesn’t seem to have the same “cooling effect” on consumer behavior as the increases in federal excise taxes on cigarettes. Many vapers are very fond of building coils for their drips and modifying the parts of their atomizers. They enjoy buying or creating new parts whenever they’re customizing their RDAs or RTAS, and making sure these mods continually produce thick, flowing clouds of vapor. These vapers don’t care about the money they’ll be spending in their quest to beef up their mods.


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Posted on August 25, 2015, in Electronic Cigarettes, Maps and Stats on E-cigarettes and Smoking and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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