Cigarette Smoking and Smoke Free Laws

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X axis: One of the state tobacco control variables

Y axis: Per capita sales of cigarettes or adult smoking prevalence

Size: Percentage of US population    Color: Unique colors


Although only two states had enacted statewide smoke free laws prior to 2000, many states have done so between 2000 and 2008. This scatter plot demonstrates that states have experienced reduction in cigarette smoking in the years following the enactment of statewide smoke free law. Caution should be used in comparing the impact of smoke free law with that of state cigarette tax. Tax policies are typically consistent for all residents of a state. However, many people who live in a state without a statewide smoke free law may live in a community with a smoke free law.

Data Source:

  • Orzechowski and Walker (2008). The Tax Burden on Tobacco Historical Compilation Volume 43, 2008. Arlington, Virginia.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009.
  • American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (2009). Chronological Table of U.S. Population Protected by 100% Smokefree State or Local Laws.
  • U.S. Census Bureau (2008). Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico.