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In Maryland, 14.9% of the adult population (aged 18+ years)—over 640,000 individuals—are current cigarette smokers. Across all states, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults ranges from 9.3% to 26.5%. Maryland ranks 4th among the states.

Graph shows current smoking among adults by demographic characteristics

Text description of this graph is available on a separate page.

Among youth aged 12–17 years, 8.8% smoke in Maryland. The range across all states is 6.5% to 15.9%. Maryland ranks 6th among the states.

Chart shows past month cigarette use among youths ages 12 to 17 Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.
Chart shows smoking-attributle adult (35+) mortality Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

Among adults aged 35+ years, over 6,900 died as a result of tobacco use per year, on average, during 2000–2004. This represents a smoking-attributable mortality rate of 261.9/100,000. Maryland's smoking-attributable mortality rate ranks 23rd among the states.

Protect

Maryland has a smoke-free law that provides for strong protection against exposure to secondhand smoke in workplaces and public places.

Chart shows the states smoke-free policy Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.
Chart shows adults who reported anyone smoking in work area within past two weeks Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

Among adults who work indoors, the percentage who reported anyone smoking in their work area within the preceding 2 weeks has remained lower in Maryland than in the nation overall. Currently, Maryland ranks 21st among the states for workplace exposure, at 6.4%.

Offer

Best Practices estimates 8% of current smokers could access quitlines each year. In Maryland, 2.2% of smokers called their quitline.

Chart shows the percentage of smokers calling Quitline Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.
Chart shows medicaid coverage for counseling and medications Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

The Medicaid fee-for-service program in Maryland provides only partial coverage for tobacco dependence treatment. Maryland's Medicaid policy provides coverage for both bupropion and varenicline. Maryland's Medicaid policy does provide coverage for individual counseling, but not for group or telephone counseling.

Warn

Smoke-free home rules represent awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke. In Maryland, as in the nation, an increasing number of families have such a rule.

Currently, 81.5% of Maryland homes have this rule. Maryland ranks 12th among the states.

Chart shows households with no-smoking rules Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.
Chart shows anti-tobacco media campaign intensity, per quarter Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

Rating point data were available for 42 states and the District of Columbia. Best Practices recommendations translate into an average of 800 targeted rating points (TRPs) in effective youth and 1,200 gross rating points (GRPs) in effective general audience antitobacco media campaigns per quarter. Maryland's major media market(s) aired an average of 22 youth TRPs and 171 general audience GRPs per quarter in 2008. Maryland ranks 26th among the states for the number of youth TRPs and 18th among the states for the number of general audience GRPs aired.

Enforce

Maryland allows local regulation of tobacco industry promotions, sampling and display of tobacco products in commercial establishments.

Chart shows if the state allows local advertising and promotion laws Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.
Chart shows retail environment tobacco licensure Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

Maryland requires all establishments selling tobacco products over the counter and by vending machine to be licensed. Currently, 38 states require licensure for both over the counter and vending machine sales.

Raise

Maryland maintains a $2.00 per pack tax and ranks 11th among the states.

Chart shows amount of cigarette excise tax Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.
Chart shows minimum price law for cigarettes Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

Maryland has a minimum price law. Wholesalers must mark up cigarettes by 5 percent and retailers must mark up cigarettes by at least 8 percent. This law has the effect of limiting the amount of discounting that can be offered through coupons and other types of sales promotions.


Chart shows state funding for tobacco control Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

Approximately 15% of the annual revenue generated from state excise taxes and settlement payments would fund Maryland's tobacco control program at the Best Practices recommended amount. However, in 2007, Maryland's funding for tobacco control was 32.2% of the recommended level. Maryland ranks 17th among the states.

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