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%.