In Pennsylvania, 21.3% of the adult population (aged 18+ years)—over 2,065,000 individuals—are current cigarette smokers. Across all states, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults ranges from 9.3% to 26.53%. Pennsylvania ranks 40th among the states.
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Among youth aged 12–17 years, 11.8% smoke in Pennsylvania. The range across all states is 6.5% to 15.9%. Pennsylvania ranks 34th among the states.
Among adults aged 35+ years, over 20,000 died as a result of tobacco use per year, on average, during 2000–2004. This represents a smoking-attributable mortality rate of 259.0/100,000. Pennsylvania's smoking-attributable mortality rate ranks 21st among the states.
Pennsylvania has a smoke-free law that provides partial protection against exposure to secondhand smoke in public places. The law preempts local communities from enacting local smoke-free restrictions.
Among adults who work indoors, the percentage who reported anyone smoking in their work area within the preceding 2 weeks has remained higher in Pennsylvania than in the nation overall. Currently, Pennsylvania ranks 38th among the states for workplace exposure, at 8.7%.
Best Practices estimates 8% of smokers could access quitlines each year. In Pennsylvania, 2.2% of smokers called their quitline.
The Medicaid fee-for-service program in Pennsylvania provides full coverage for tobacco dependence treatment. Pennsylvania's Medicaid policy provides coverage for both bupropion and varenicline. Pennsylvania's Medicaid policy provides coverage for individual and group counseling, but not telephone counseling.
Smoke-free home rules represent awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke. In Pennsylvania, as in the nation, an increasing number of families have such a rule.
Currently, 71.5% of Pennsylvania homes have this rule; Pennsylvania ranks 41st 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. Pennsylvania's major media market(s) aired an average of 93 youth TRPs and 556 general audience GRPs per quarter in 2008. Pennsylvania ranks 12th among the states for the number of youth TRPs and 10th among the states for the number of general audience GRPs aired.
Pennsylvania allows local regulation of tobacco industry promotions, sampling, and display of tobacco products in commercial establishments.
Pennsylvania 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.
Pennsylvania maintains a $1.60 per pack tax and ranks 18th among the states.
Pennsylvania has a minimum price law. Wholesalers must mark up cigarettes by 4 percent and retailers must mark up cigarettes by at least 6 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 Pennsylvania's tobacco control program at the Best Practices recommended amount. However, in 2007, Pennsylvania's funding for tobacco control was 20.5% of the recommended level. Pennsylvania ranks 22nd among the states.
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