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In Washington State, 15.7% of the adult population (aged 18+ years)—over 786,000 individuals—are current cigarette smokers. Across all states, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults ranges from 9.3% to 26.5%. Washington State ranks 6th 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, 9.7% smoke in Washington State. The range across all states is 6.5% to 15.9%. Washington State ranks 15th 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 ages 35+ years, over 7,600 died as a result of tobacco use per year, on average, during 2000–2004. This represents a smoking-attributable mortality rate of 261.0/100,000. Washington State's smoking-attributable mortality rate ranks 22nd among the states.

Protect

Washington State has a smoke-free law that provides for strong protection against exposure to secondhand smoke in workplaces and public places. The law preempts local communities from enacting local smoke-free restrictions.

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 Washington State than in the nation overall. Currently, Washington State ranks 3rd among the states for workplace exposure, at 4.3%.

Offer

Best Practices estimates 8% of smokers could access quitlines each year. In Washington State, 4.4% 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 Washington State provides no coverage for tobacco dependence treatment. Washington State's Medicaid policy provides coverage for bupropion, but not varenicline, and this coverage is for pregnant women only. Washington State's Medicaid policy provides coverage for individual counseling, but not group or telephone counseling, and this coverage is for pregnant women only.

Warn

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

Currently, 87.0% of Washington State homes have this rule. Washington State ranks 4th 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. Washington State's major media market(s) aired an average of 255 youth TRPs and 575 general audience GRPs per quarter in 2008. Washington State ranks 6th among the states for the number of youth TRPs and 9th among the states for the number of general audience GRPs aired.

Enforce

Washington State preempts local regulation of tobacco industry promotions and sampling. Washington State allows local regulation on 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.

Washington State 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

Washington State maintains a $2.025 per pack tax and ranks 10th 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.

Washington State has a minimum price law. Wholesalers and retailers cannot sell cigarettes for less than their own purchase price. 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 12% of the annual revenue generated from state excise taxes and settlement payments would fund Washington State's tobacco control program at the recommended amount. However, in 2007, Washington State's funding for tobacco control was 42.6% of the recommended level. Washington State ranks 11th among the states.

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