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Current Smoking among Adults by Demographic Characteristics

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  • National median = 18.4%
  • Alaska = 21.5%
  • 65+ years old = 9.7%
  • 45 to 64 years old = 19.4%
  • 25 to 44 years old = 24.4%
  • 18 to 24 years old = 28.5%
  • More than high school degree = 13.7%
  • High school degree = 30.7%
  • Less than high school degree = 55.7%
  • Male = 23.7%
  • Female = 19.2%
  • Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander = data not shown because sample size is less than 50
  • American Indian / Alaska Natives = 39.3%
  • Asian = 7.9%
  • Hispanic = 15%
  • African American = 10.9%
  • White = 18.9%

Source: BRFSS, 2007 to 2008

Past Month Cigarette Use among Youths Ages 12 to 17

A chart shows past month cigarette use among youths ages 12 to 17.

  • National Average = 10.1%
  • In Alaska, 9.7% of youth ages 12 to 17 smoked a cigarette in the past month. The range across all states is 6.5% to 15.9%. Alaska ranks 14th among the states.

Source: NSDUH, 2006 - 2007


Smoking Attributable Adult (35+) Mortality

A chart shows smoking attributable adult (35+) mortality.

  • National Average = 248.5 per 100,000
  • The average annual smoking-attributable mortality rate in Alaska for 2000 to 2004 was 270.4 /100,000. The range across states is 138.3/100,000 to 370.6/100,000. Alaska ranks 29th among the states.

Source: SAMMEC

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State Smoke Free Policy

Graphic shows state smoke free policy.

  • Smoke free Workplaces = No
  • Smoke free Restaurants = No
  • Smoke free Bars = No

Source: STATE System, 2009

Adults Who Reported Anyone Smoking in Work Area within Past Two Weeks

Line graph shows adults who reported anyone smoking in work area within past two weeks.

Data points:

  • 1999: Alaska = 8.6%; U.S. = 7.6%
  • 2002: Alaska = 8.5%; U.S. = 6.2%
  • 2006 through 2007: Alaska = 8.5%; U.S. = 7.3%

Source: TUS CPS

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Percent of smokers calling quitline

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  • National average = 2.8%
  • In Alaska, 3.1% of current smokers called their quitline. Alaska ranks 24th among the states. The range across states was from less than 1% to 10.9%.

Source: TUS CPS, 2006, 2007

Medicaid Coverage for Counseling and Medications

Graphic shows Medicaid coverage for counseling and medications.

  • Nicotine Replacement = Partial
  • Varenicline = Yes
  • Bupropion = Yes
  • Counseling = Partial

Source: MMWR 2009, supplement 8, number 43, pages 1199 to 1204

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Households with No Smoking Rules

Line graph shows households with no smoking rules

Data points:

  • 1999: U.S. = 60.2%; Alaska = 60.7%
  • 2002: U.S. = 66.0%; Alaska = 70%
  • 2003: U.S. = 72.1%; Alaska = 76.1%
  • 2006 through 2007: U.S. = 79.5%; Alaska = 77.6%

Source: TUS CPS

Anti-Tobacco Media Campaign Intensity, Per Quarter

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Youth ages 12 to 17

  • National Median = 30 Targeted Rating Points
  • State average = No targeted rating points available

A chart shows anti-tobacco media campaign intensity, per quarter

General Audience (18+)

  • National Median = 135 Gross Rating Points
  • State average = No gross rating points available

Source: CDC/OSH

Enforce

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  • Display = Yes
  • Promotion = Yes
  • Sampling = Yes

Source: STATE System, 2009

Retail Environment Tobacco Licensure

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  • Over the counter = Yes
  • Vending machine = Yes

Source: STATE System, 2009

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Amount of Cigarette Excise tax

Chart shows amount of cigarette excise tax.

  • National average = $1.34 per pack
  • Alaska maintains a $2.00 cigarette excise tax and ranks 11th among the states. As of December 31, 2009, the range across states was $0.07 to $3.46 per pack.

Source: STATE System, 2009

Minimum Price Law for Cigarettes

Graphic shows minimum price law for cigarettes.

  • Sampling = Yes

Source: CDC/OSH

State Funding for Tobacco Control

Chart shows state funding for tobacco control.

  • Median state funding: 17.2% of recommended amount.
  • In 2007, Alaska's funding for tobacco control was 70.7% of CDC's recommended amount. Alaska ranks 4th among the states.
  • State spending ranged from 1.1% to 85.5% of the recommended amount.

Source: CDC/OSH

 
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