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In Rhode Island, 17.4% of the adult population (aged 18+ years)—over 142,000 individuals—are current cigarette smokers. Across all states, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults ranges from 9.3% to 26.5%. Rhode Island ranks 17th 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, 11.3% smoke in Rhode Island. The range across all states is 6.5% to 15.9%. Rhode Island ranks 30th 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 1,700 died as a result of tobacco use per year, on average, during 2000–2004. This represents a smoking-attributable mortality rate of 266.8/100,000. Rhode Island's smoking-attributable mortality rate ranks 27th among the states.

Protect

Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island than in the nation overall. Currently, Rhode Island ranks 4th among the states for workplace exposure, at 4.4%.

Offer

Best Practices estimates 8% of smokers could access quitlines each year. In Rhode Island, 3.8% 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 Rhode Island provides no coverage for tobacco dependence treatment. Rhode Island's Medicaid policy does not provide coverage for neither bupropion nor varenicline. Rhode Island's Medicaid policy provides coverage for individual and group counseling, but not telephone counseling.

Warn

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

Currently, 77.9% of Rhode Island homes have this rule. Rhode Island ranks 22nd 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. Rhode Island has no reported TRP or GRP data.

Enforce

Rhode Island 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.

Rhode Island 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

Rhode Island maintains a $3.46 per pack tax and ranks 1st 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.

Rhode Island has a minimum price law. Wholesalers and retailers may not sell cigarettes below replacement costs. 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 9% of the annual revenue generated from state excise taxes and settlement payments would fund Rhode Island's tobacco control program at the Best Practices recommended amount. However, in 2007, Rhode Island's funding for tobacco control was 14.6% of the recommended level. Rhode Island ranks 30th among the states.

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