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Arkansas

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Adult Current Cigarette/Smokeless Tobacco Use

In Arkansas, the percentage of adults (ages 18+) who currently smoke cigarettes was 27.0% in 2011. Across all states and D.C., the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults ranged from 11.8% to 29.0%. Arkansas ranked 49th among the states.

The percentage of adults who currently use smokeless tobacco was 7.1% in 2011. Across all states and D.C., the prevalence ranged from 1.4% to 9.8%. Arkansas ranked 46th among the states.

 

Graph shows current smoking among adults by demographic characteristics Text description of this graph is available on a separate page.

 

Youth Current Cigarette/Smokeless Tobacco/Cigar Use

In Arkansas, the percentage of youth in grades 9–12 who currently smoke cigarettes was 18.2% in 2011. The range across 44 states was 5.9% to 24.1%. Arkansas ranked 30th among 44 states.

The percentage of youth who currently use smokeless tobacco was 11.6% in 2011. The range across 40 states was 3.5% to 16.9%. Arkansas ranked 30th among 40 states.

The percentage of youth who currently smoke cigars was 14.4% in 2011. The range across 37 states was 5.0% to 18.3%. Arkansas ranked 22nd among 37 states.

The percentage of youth who currently use tobacco (i.e., cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and/or cigars) was 24.9% in 2011. The range across 36 states was 7.8% to 31.9%. Arkansas ranked 21st among 36 states.

 

Chart shows past month cigarette use among youths ages 12 to 17 Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

 

Past-Year Cigarette Initiation

In 2008–2009, of all Arkansas youth ages 12–17 who had never smoked, 5.9% smoked a cigarette for the first time in the past year. This ranked 25th in the nation, with a range of 3.3%–9.2% among the states.

Of all young adults ages 18–25 who had never smoked, 11.6% smoked a cigarette for the first time in 2008– 2009. This ranked 47th in the nation, with a range of 4.2%–14.7% among the states.

Chart shows past-year cigarette initiation for people ages 12-25 who had never smoked before. Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

 

Protect

Adult Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

Among all adults, the percentage who reported being exposed to secondhand smoke within the past 7 days was lower in Arkansas than in the nation overall. In 2009–2010, overall exposure to secondhand smoke in Arkansas was 44.1%, ranking 13th among the states.

Adults were exposed to secondhand smoke in various locations. The table shows the percentage of Arkansas adults who reported any exposure, as well as exposure in their home, in a vehicle, or in indoor or outdoor areas at work or public places in the past 7 days.

 

Chart shows adult exposure to secondhand smoke. Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

 

Opinions about Smoking in the Workplace

In 2009–2010, 75.9% of adults in Arkansas thought that smoking should never be allowed in indoor workplaces, ranking 40th among the states.

 

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.

Smoke-Free Home Rules

In 2009–2010, 75.4% of adults in Arkansas reported that their homes had smoke-free home rules, ranking 44th among the states. The percentage of homes without smoke-free home rules with children living in them was 30.9%, ranking 21st among the states.

 

Chart shows adults who reported anyone smoking in the home within the past two weeks. Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

 

State Smoke-Free Policy

As of June 30, 2012, Arkansas had a smoke-free law that prohibits smoking in indoor areas of workplaces, but not restaurants or bars. The state allowed communities to enact local smoke-free laws.

 

Chart shows state smoke-free policy Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

Offer

Adults Who Made a Quit Attempt in the Last Year

During 2009–2010, 50.7% of Arkansas adult smokers made a quit attempt in the past year, ranking 43rd among the states.

Chart shows adults who made a quit attempt in the last year Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

 

Quitline Utilization

In 2010, the Arkansas quitline received 25,150 calls, and 12,875 tobacco users (an estimated 2.1% of all tobacco users in the state) received telephone counseling, cessation medications, or both from the state quitline.

Medicaid Coverage for Counseling and Medications

In 2010, Arkansas’s Medicaid program provided incomplete coverage through Medicaid for tobacco-dependence treatment. Arkansas provided full coverage for some nicotine replacement therapies, full coverage for varenicline, full coverage for bupropion, and full coverage for individual counseling (i.e., no group coverage).

Chart shows medicaid coverage for counseling and medications. Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

 


 

Warn

Tobacco Counter-Marketing Media Intensity

CDC Best Practices recommendations translate into an average quarterly exposure of 1,200 general audience gross rating points (GRPs) and 800 youth target rating points (TRPs) in effective anti-tobacco media campaigns. Arkansas had an average of 489.8 general audience GRPs and 54.7 youth TRPs per quarter in television advertising supporting tobacco control messages in 2010.

 

Chart shows tobacco counter-marketing media intensity Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

 

Chart shows tobacco counter-marketing media intensity Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

Knowledge of the Dangers of Tobacco

In Arkansas, 61.1% of adults thought that breathing smoke from other people’s cigarettes or other tobacco products is very harmful to one’s health in 2009–2010. Additionally, 86.6% thought that cigarette smoking is very addictive.

 

Chart shows the knowledge of the dangers of tobacco Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

 

Chart shows the level of addiction to tobacco Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

Enforce

State Allows Local Advertising and Promotion Laws

As of June 30, 2012, Arkansas allowed local regulation of tobacco industry promotions, tobacco product sampling, and display of tobacco products in commercial establishments.

 

Chart shows how the state allows local advertising and promotion laws Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

 

Over-the-Counter Retail Licensure

As of June 30, 2012, Arkansas required all establishments selling cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products over-the- counter to be licensed. Nationally, 37 states required over-the-counter licensure for cigarettes, 29 of which also have a requirement for smokeless tobacco, with various renewal frequencies, fees and penalties for violations.

 

Chart shows the state's over-the-counter retail licensure Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

 

Raise

Amount of Tobacco Product Excise Tax

As of June 30, 2012, the excise tax on cigarettes in Arkansas was $1.15 per pack, ranking 30th among the states. The tax on cigars was 68% of the manufacturer’s sales price per cigar, and for little cigars the tax was 68% of the manufacturer’s sales price per pack of 20. The tax on smokeless tobacco was also 68% of the manufacturer’s sales price.

 

Chart shows amount of tobacco product excise tax for a state Text description of this chart is available on a separate page.

 

Price Paid for Last Cigarettes Purchased

In Arkansas, 66.2% of adult smokers bought their last cigarettes by the pack, and 33.8% bought them by the carton in 2009–2010. The average price that Arkansas smokers reported paying for their last pack of cigarettes was $4.80 in 2009–2010; the range among states was $7.98 to $4.04. The average price that Arkansas smokers reported paying for their last carton of cigarettes was $39.06 in 2009–2010; the range among 45 states with valid data was $64.45 to $30.46.



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