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Delaware

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Adult Current Cigarette/Smokeless Tobacco Use

In Delaware, the percentage of adults (ages 18+) who currently smoke cigarettes was 21.7% in 2011. Across all states and D.C., the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults ranged from 11.8% to 29.0%. Delaware ranked 28th among the states.

The percentage of adults who currently use smokeless tobacco was 2.2% in 2011. Across all states and D.C., the prevalence ranged from 1.4% to 9.8%. Delaware ranked 9th 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 Delaware, the percentage of youth in grades 9–12 who currently smoke cigarettes was 18.3% in 2011. The range across 44 states was 5.9% to 24.1%. Delaware ranked 31st among 44 states.

The percentage of youth who currently use smokeless tobacco was 6.6% in 2011. The range across 40 states was 3.5% to 16.9%. Delaware ranked 8th among 40 states.

The percentage of youth who currently smoke cigars was 12.9% in 2011. The range across 37 states was 5.0% to 18.3%. Delaware ranked 13th among 37 states.

The percentage of youth who currently use tobacco (i.e., cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and/or cigars) was 23.5% in 2011. The range across 36 states was 7.8% to 31.9%. Delaware ranked 18th 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 Delaware youth ages 12–17 who had never smoked, 6.0% smoked a cigarette for the first time in the past year. This ranked 28th 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, 10.0% smoked a cigarette for the first time in 2008– 2009. This ranked 39th 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 Delaware than in the nation overall. In 2009–2010, overall exposure to secondhand smoke in Delaware was 46.0%, ranking 22nd among the states.

Adults were exposed to secondhand smoke in various locations. The table shows the percentage of Delaware 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, 84.4% of adults in Delaware thought that smoking should never be allowed in indoor workplaces, ranking 10th 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, 81.9% of adults in Delaware reported that their homes had smoke-free home rules, ranking 24th among the states. The percentage of homes without smoke-free home rules with children living in them was 44.6%, ranking 51st 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, Delaware had a smokefree law that prohibits smoking in indoor areas of workplaces, restaurants, and 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.

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Adults Who Made a Quit Attempt in the Last Year

During 2009–2010, 54.5% of Delaware adult smokers made a quit attempt in the past year, ranking 27th 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 Delaware quitline received 9,630 calls, and 5,821 tobacco users (an estimated 4.6% 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, Delaware’s Medicaid program provided incomplete coverage through Medicaid for tobacco-dependence treatment. Delaware provided full coverage for all nicotine replacement therapies, full coverage for varenicline, full coverage for bupropion, and no coverage for counseling (individual or group).

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. Delaware had an average of 0.0 general audience GRPs and 0.0 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 Delaware, 66.1% 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, 85.4% 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, Delaware allowed local regulation of tobacco industry promotions and display of tobacco products in commercial establishments, but preempted local regulation of tobacco product sampling.

 

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, Delaware 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 Delaware was $1.60 per pack, ranking 21st among the states. The tax on cigars was 15% of the wholesale price per cigar, and for little cigars the tax was 15% of the wholesale price per pack of 20. The tax on smokeless tobacco was also 15% of the wholesale 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 Delaware, 76.4% of adult smokers bought their last cigarettes by the pack, and 23.6% bought them by the carton in 2009–2010. The average price that Delaware smokers reported paying for their last pack of cigarettes was $5.38 in 2009–2010; the range among states was $7.98 to $4.04. The average price that Delaware smokers reporting paying for their last carton of cigarettes was $43.01 in 2009–2010; the range among 45 states with valid data was $64.45 to $30.46.



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