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New Mexico

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In New Mexico, 19.4% of the adult population (aged 18+ years)—over 286,000 individuals—are current cigarette smokers. Across all states, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults ranges from 9.3% to 26.5%. New Mexico ranks 31st 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, 11.8% smoke in New Mexico. The range across all states is 6.5% to 15.9%. New Mexico ranks 36th 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 2,100 died as a result of tobacco use per year, on average, during 2000–2004. This represents a smoking-attributable mortality rate of 234.0/100,000. New Mexico's smoking-attributable mortality rate ranks 5th among the states.

Protect

New Mexico 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 two weeks has remained higher in New Mexico than in the nation overall. Currently, New Mexico ranks 47th among the states for workplace exposure, at 10.2%.

Offer

Best Practices estimates 8% of smokers could access quitlines each year. In New Mexico, 3.9% 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 New Mexico provides full coverage for tobacco dependence treatment. New Mexico's Medicaid policy provides coverage for both bupropion and varenicline. New Mexico's Medicaid policy provides coverage for individual and group counseling, but not telephone counseling, and this coverage is available by fee-for-service when a valid behavioral health diagnosis other than tobacco dependence exists.

Warn

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

Currently, 76.7% of New Mexico homes have this rule. New Mexico ranks 24th 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 1200 gross rating points (GRPs) in effective general audience anti-tobacco media campaigns per quarter. New Mexico's major media market(s) aired an average of 80 youth TRPs and 253 general audience GRPs per quarter in 2008. New Mexico ranks 13th among the states for the number of youth TRPs and 16th among the states for the number of general audience GRPs aired.

Enforce

New Mexico preempts local regulation of tobacco industry sampling. New Mexico allows local regulation on promotions 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.

New Mexico does not require establishments selling tobacco products over the counter nor by vending machine to be licensed. Currently, 38 states require licensure for over the counter and for vending machine sales.

Raise

New Mexico maintains a $0.91 per pack tax and ranks 31st 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.

New Mexico does not have a minimum price law.


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

Approximately 23% of the annual revenue generated from state excise taxes and settlement payments would fund New Mexico's tobacco control program at the Best Practices recommended amount. However, in 2007, New Mexico's funding for tobacco control was 38.9% of the recommended level. New Mexico ranks 13th among the states.

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