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Adult Current Cigarette/Smokeless Tobacco Use

In Massachusetts, the percentage of adults (ages 18+) who currently smoke cigarettes was 18.2% in 2011. Across all states and D.C., the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults ranged from 11.8% to 29.0%. Massachusetts ranked 9th among the states.

The percentage of adults who currently use smokeless tobacco was 1.7% in 2011. Across all states and D.C., the prevalence ranged from 1.4% to 9.8%. Massachusetts ranked 6th 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 Massachusetts, the percentage of youth in grades 9–12 who currently smoke cigarettes was 14.0% in 2011. The range across 44 states was 5.9% to 24.1%. Massachusetts ranked 8th among 44 states.

The percentage of youth who currently smoke cigars was 14.3% in 2011. The range across 37 states was 5.0% to 18.3%. Massachusetts ranked 21st among 37 states.

Massachusetts had no reported YRBS data for smokeless tobacco or tobacco in 2011.

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 Massachusetts youth ages 12–17 who had never smoked, 3.9% smoked a cigarette for the first time in the past year. This ranked 2nd 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, 11.4% smoked a cigarette for the first time in 2008– 2009. This ranked 45th 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.

 

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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 Massachusetts than in the nation overall. In 2009–2010, overall exposure to secondhand smoke in Massachusetts was 46.9%, ranking 26th among the states.

Adults were exposed to secondhand smoke in various locations. The table shows the percentage of Massachusetts 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, 85.7% of adults in Massachusetts thought that smoking should never be allowed in indoor workplaces, ranking 5th 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, 79.8% of adults in Massachusetts reported that their homes had smoke-free home rules, ranking 33rd among the states. The percentage of homes without smoke-free home rules with children living in them was 23.4%, ranking 4th 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, Massachusetts 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, 56.3% of Massachusetts adult smokers made a quit attempt in the past year, ranking 17th 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 Massachusetts quitline received 10,727 calls, and 3,351 tobacco users (an estimated 0.4% 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, Massachusetts’s Medicaid program provided comprehensive coverage through both managed care and fee-for-service contracts for tobacco-dependence treatment including all nicotine replacement therapies, bupropion, varenicline, and counseling (individual and 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. Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts, 63.5% 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, 86.2% 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, Massachusetts 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, Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts was $2.51 per pack, ranking 9th among the states. The tax on cigars was 30% of the wholesale price per cigar, and for little cigars the tax was $2.51 per pack of 20. The tax on smokeless tobacco was 90% of the price paid by licensee/ unclassified acquirer.

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 Massachusetts, 83.8% of adult smokers bought their last cigarettes by the pack, and 16.2% bought them by the carton in 2009–2010. The average price that Massachusetts smokers reported paying for their last pack of cigarettes was $7.49 in 2009–2010; the range among states was $7.98 to $4.04. Massachusetts did not have any reportable data on the average price paid for the last carton of cigarettes bought by smokers in 2009–2010; the range among 45 states with valid data was $64.45 to $30.46.



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