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Tobacco use in Mississippi 2023

Cigarette use: Mississippi*

Smoking rate in Mississippi

  • In 2022, 17.4% of adults smoked. Nationally, adult smoking prevalence was 14.0%.1
  • In 2021, 5.9% of high school students in Mississippi smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, smoking prevalence among high school students was 3.8%.2

Other tobacco product use: Mississippi*

Vaping rate in Mississippi

  • In 2022, 9.3% of adults in Mississippi used e-cigarettes. Nationally, adult e-cigarette use prevalence was 7.7%.1
  • In 2022, 6.6% of adults in Mississippi used smokeless tobacco every day or some days. Nationally, adult smoking tobacco use prevalence was 3.4%.1
  • In 2021, 20.9% of high school students in Mississippi used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, e-cigarette use prevalence among high school students was 18%.2
  • In 2021, 5.7% of high school students in Mississippi used chewing tobacco, snuff or dip on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, smokeless tobacco use prevalence among high school students was 2.5%.2
  • In 2021, 6.9% of high school students in Mississippi smoked cigars, cigarillos or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, cigar use prevalence among high school students was 3.1%.2

Economics of tobacco use and tobacco control

Tobacco taxes in Mississippi

  • Mississippi received $251.1 million (estimated) in revenue from tobacco settlement payments and taxes in fiscal year 2022.4
  • Of this, the state allocated $8.7 million in state funds to tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2022, 23.8% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual spending target.4
  • Smoking-caused health care costs: $1.43 billion per year.4
  • Smoking-caused losses in productivity: $3.5 billion per year.5

Mississippi tobacco laws

Mississippi tobacco laws

Tobacco taxes

  • Mississippi is ranked 40th in the U.S. for its cigarette tax of 68 cents per pack (enacted May 2009), compared to the national average of $1.93. (New York has the highest tax at $5.35 and Missouri has the lowest at 17 cents.)6-8
  • All other tobacco products are taxed at 15% of the manufacturer’s list price.6,7

Clean indoor air ordinances

  • Smoking is prohibited in schools (public schools only) and childcare facilities.6
  • Smoking restrictions are required in government workplaces and at public facilities where an organized athletic event for persons under 18 is taking place.6,7
  • There are no smoking restrictions for private workplaces, restaurants, bars, casinos/gaming establishments, retail stores and recreational/cultural facilities.6
  • No smoke-free restrictions exist for e-cigarette use.9

Licensing laws

  • Retailers and wholesalers are required to obtain a license to sell tobacco products.6
  • A license is not required to sell e-cigarette products.9

Youth access laws

  • In December 2019, the United States adopted a law raising the federal minimum age of sale of all tobacco products to 21, effective immediately.
  • Minors are prohibited from buying nicotine delivery products, including e-cigarettes.6
  • Possession of alternative nicotine products by students no educational property is prohibited.9
  • Internet sales of alternative nicotine products or any cartridge or component require third-party age verification.9

Quitting statistics and benefits

Quitting smoking in Mississippi

  • The CDC estimates 53.6% of daily adult smokers in Mississippi quit smoking for one or more days in 2019.3
  • In 2014, the Affordable Care Act required that Medicaid programs cover all tobacco cessation medications.7**
  • Mississippi’s state quit line invests $2.48 per smoker, compared to the national median of $2.37.7
  • Mississippi does not have a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.7

Notes and references

Notes and references

Updated June 2023

* The datasets for both adults and youth prevalence were used to make direct comparisons at the state and national levels. National prevalence reported here may differ from what is reported in our national-level fact sheets. The numbers here also reflect the most recent data available. Dates of available data may differ across state fact sheets.

**The seven recommended cessation medications are NRT gum, NRT patch, NRT nasal spray, NRT inhaler, NRT lozenge, Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (Zyban).

Fiore MC, et al. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Clinical Practice Guideline. Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service: May 2008.


1.         CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2022.

2.         CDC, Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System, 2021.

3.         CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation System, 2021.

4.         Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Broken Promises to Our Children: a State-by-State Look at the 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 24 Years Later FY2023, 2023.

5.         Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Toll of Tobacco in the United States.

6.         American Lung Association, State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues (SLATI).

7.         American Lung Association, State of Tobacco Control, 2023.

8.         Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. State Cigarette Excise Tax Rates & Rankings. Accessed October 4th, 2023.

9.         Public Health Law Center. U.S. E-Cigarette Regulation: 50-State Review. Accessed October 4th, 2023.