Nebraska Tobacco Facts Sheet
Every year, Nebraska spends at least $709 per person
– no matter their age –
for smoking related medical expenses and lost productivity.
- Adult smoking rate: 17% in 2014.
- Youth (grades 9-12) smoking rate: 13% in 2015 – down from 34% in 1993.
- Youth who use smokeless tobacco (chew): 9% in 2015 – down from 10.1% in 2003.
- Youth who use cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars: 8% in 2015 – down from 18.2% in 2003.
- Over 2,500 Nebraskans die each year from smoking-attributable causes.
- Number of kids now under 18 who will likely die early from smoking (if current trends continue): 38,000.
- Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year: 1,800.
- 3.3 million packs of cigarettes are illegally bought or smoked by kids each year.
- Annual smoking-related medical expenses: $795 million.
- Annual cost of lost productivity due to smoking: $605 million.
- 97% of Nebraskans agree that inhaling secondhand smoke is harmful to children and adults.
- The smoking rate among pregnant women in Nebraska is 11%.