State Tobacco Control Program
In Ohio, 20.1% of the adult population (aged 18+ years)—over 1,762,000 individuals—are current cigarette smokers. Across all states, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults ranges from 9.3% to 26.5%. Ohio ranks 35th among the states.
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Among youth aged 12–17 years, 12.9% smoke in Ohio. The range across all states is 6.5% to 15.9%. Ohio ranks 46th among the states.
Among adults aged 35+ years, over 18,600 died as a result of tobacco use per year, on average, during 2000–2004. This represents a smoking-attributable mortality rate of 299.1/100,000. Ohio's smoking-attributable mortality rate ranks 39th among the states.
Ohio has a smoke-free law that provides for strong protection against exposure to secondhand smoke in workplaces and public places.
Among adults who work indoors, the percentage who reported anyone smoking in their work area within the preceding 2 weeks has remained higher in Ohio than in the nation overall. Currently, Ohio ranks 31st among the states for workplace exposure, at 8.2%.
Best Practices estimates 8% of smokers could access quitlines each year. In Ohio, 4.1% of smokers called their quitline.
The Medicaid fee-for-service program in Ohio provides full coverage for tobacco dependence treatment. Ohio's Medicaid policy provides coverage for both bupropion and varenicline. Ohio's Medicaid policy does not provide coverage for individual, group, or telephone counseling.
Smoke-free home rules represent awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke. In Ohio, as in the nation, an increasing number of families have such a rule.
Currently, 66.7% of Ohio homes have this rule. Ohio ranks 47th among the states.
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. Ohio's major media market(s) aired an average of 11 youth TRPs and 26 general audience GRPs per quarter in 2008. Ohio ranks 31st among the states for the number of youth TRPs and 33rd among the states for the number of general audience GRPs aired.
Ohio allows local regulation of tobacco industry promotions, sampling and display of tobacco products in commercial establishments.
Ohio 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.
Ohio maintains a $1.25 per pack tax and ranks 24th among the states.
Ohio has a minimum price law. Wholesalers must mark up cigarettes by 3.5 percent and retailers must mark up cigarettes by at least 8.75 percent. This law has the effect of limiting the amount of discounting that can be offered through coupons and other types of sales promotions.
Approximately 11% of the annual revenue generated from state excise taxes and settlement payments would fund Ohio's tobacco control program at the Best Practices recommended amount. However, in 2007, Ohio's funding for tobacco control was 32.1% of the recommended level. Ohio ranks 18th among the states.
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